A Georgia father berated school officials for their negligence after he and his wife received a call about their 5-year-old being left at school for the third time this year.
Video captured Tristan King yelling at Norton Elementary School administrators for allegedly losing track of his daughter on February 28.
The clip posted to Facebook showed the dad angrily confronting school staff members after King’s older son called him crying because the kindergartner didn’t get on the school bus.
But this wasn’t the first time the little girl was left at school.
King told AJC:
“He called us screaming that his sister wasn’t on the bus and they wouldn’t wait for her or let him off to find her.”
In the video, that has been shared more than 24,000 times, the father said to a female and male official:
“If you have adults all through the hallway, how did it happen for the third time?
The first time I was calm, I was understanding … the second time, I was mad but I let it go. The third time, my son called me crying from the bus, screaming that he doesn’t know where his sister is.”
The earlier incidents happened right after school started and again shortly after winter break in January. King told AJC:
“We didn’t make a big deal about it the first time. School had just started and everyone was getting used to the routine.”
But the third time he gave officials a tongue-lashing for the bus mishap since the couple works more than an hour away from the school and can’t pick up the girl until after 4 p.m. He said:
“I got the call around 3:15 and was told we had to get her by 4.”
King blamed Norton Elementary for losing track of his daughter, however, the female administrator in the video said it’s not the school’s fault that the girl missed her bus.
Watch the video below:
A woman said:
“That’s transportation, that’s separate.”
The angry father argued:
“You’re responsible — I release my child to get on your bus to come to your school. Until my child makes it home, you’re responsible for my child.”
Commenters on Facebook debated on whether or not King should blame his daughter’s school for the unfortunate incident.
One person wrote:
They can’t possibly hold every students hand and walk them to the bus. Your kid has to be accountable to pay attention and get on their bus.
The district transports over 130,000 kids by bus daily.
However, other parents shared similar experiences and said that King had every right to be upset because the situation wasn’t handled well by Norton Elementary School. Another person wrote:
He is 100% correct … Gwinnett county school system is responsible for your child until your child reaches his/her home!!!
Sloan Roach, a spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools, apologized for the bus incident and said:
“Sometimes these things happen. We try to avoid that and fix the problems as quickly and efficiently as we can.”
“School officials have reviewed things on their end and some new policies and procedures have been put in place.”
King’s 5-year-old and his older son are now being escorted to their school bus by an adult.
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