Boy left on school bus tried to walk home

Image caption Schoolboy John Robertson soothing at home following his ordeal a week ago

A four-year-old boy tried to stroll home from a bus depot right after being left on his school tour bus.

John Robertson has been travelling home to North Kessock from Munlochy Primary School for the Black Isle last Friday.

But he did not get off from his stop and ended up, undetected, in the bus in D& Electronic Coaches’ Inverness Longman depot, around three miles and across the A9’s Kessock Bridge from where he lives.

The boy was discovered close to Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s arena.

He told their parents he had waited onboard the particular mini bus after it ended at the depot, expecting the driver ahead and find him.

Following a time, still on his own inside the tour bus unnoticed, he managed to open the doorway and set out to find his method home.

‘Shaken up’

D& Electronic Coaches said it was “extremely disappointed” by the circumstances of the incident. It offers dismissed the driver for gross wrong doings.

Highland Council, which usually contracts D& E Coaches as being a provider of its school transport, plus Police Scotland have begun research into the incident.

John’s parents, Nikki and John, experienced thought he was late house because the school bus had been postponed by bad weather, which included snowfall showers.

Their father was waiting for John in your own home where the boy should have been fallen off.

Picture copyright John Robertson
Image caption John Robertson snr had expected his boy to be dropped off at home
Image caption John attempted to make his way home right after being left on a bus in the coach depot

It was the boy’s 5th time taking the school bus, which usually takes about eight children from Munlochy Primary. John’s parents generally take him to and from school simply by car, but the car had divided.

On the previous 4 days, John was dropped away from near the door of his house. But the bus did not appear close to the flats that Friday.

John’s father initially considered this may have been because of the snow which John had been dropped off a brief distance away.

Whenever John still had not come home, their family called the bus company plus were told that John have been dropped off. In a follow up contact they were told that he had not obtained on the bus.

John’s parents began calling friends, as well as police in an effort to find him.

Family and friends also made lookups of North Kessock and Munlochy for the youngster.

‘Very worrying’

Mister Robertson told BBC Radio Scotland’s David Beattie programme he or she was half way through a contact to police when officers obtained information that John had been discovered and was being taken to a law enforcement station.

John informed his parents that he had sitting on the bus in the depot for some time thinking the bus driver stomach back and find him.

Mr Robertson said: “It was obviously a mini bus, so he could open the door.

“He decided to get to the Kessock Link to get home. He said he or she crossed a couple of roads. Luckily 2 teachers found him.

“They said he has been shaken up, cold and after a few persuasion, because we’ve taught your pet not to talk to strangers, they squeezed him into their warm car. inch

Mr Robertson mentioned he was proud of his boy’s actions. John has been getting a raise to and from school from a family buddy since the incident.

Picture copyright John Robertson
Image caption The four-year-old thought the driver would come to find your pet

The spokeswoman for Highland Council stated: “We are extremely concerned about this occurrence and we are carrying out a full analysis into the circumstances with our contracted college transport provider.

“The incident is also the subject of a continuous police investigation. ”

Earlier Black Isle councillor Gordon Adam told BBC Alba it had been a concerning incident.

He said he thought the particular boy had fallen asleep plus woke up at the depot plus was not seen by the driver.

“Somehow he got themself to the stadium, which in itself is very stressing as it would have involved crossing a primary road, ” he added.

D& E Coaches stated it had carried out its own analysis of the incident.

‘Sincere apologies’

The spokesman said: “We are extremely let down at the circumstances in which a child has been left on one of our minibuses heading from Munlochy Primary School in order to North Kessock last Friday when it had been parked in a yard in Inverness.

“A full inner investigation has been conducted and the operater concerned has been dismissed for major misconduct.

“Relying on an assurance from another student that this child was not on the coach is unacceptable.

“All drivers are expected to check their own buses at the end of the journey yet this clearly did not occur in this case. ”

Image caption John wound up in the D& E Coaches’ Inverness Longman depot

In a response to the occurrence, the company has introduced a new course upon Driver Awareness in School Contracts included in the accreditation process for a driver license.

Long-term workers were being given refresher programs.

The spokesman additional: “We wish to express our genuine apologies to the family of the child for your distress caused and we are extremely treated that the child was safe and sound.

“D& E Coaches were running school contracts for over two decades and currently have 58 school agreements conveying 3, 000 children each day to and from school.

“This is the first time anything of this character has occurred to mar the excellent record and the new steps will enhance driver vigilance to attempt to ensure there is never a replicate. ”