Bus driver 'leaves children stranded' in front of school


A distraught Queensland mum has broken down in tears claiming her six-year-old son was left behind by a bus after school.

Jodie Wright claims her little boy Jay wasn’t picked up from Picnic Creek State School by after school care service Gullivers on the Gold Coast on Monday.

“Just left him on the side of the pavement with two other little boys his age,” she said.

“He’s six. He doesn’t even know how to go to a safe adult or teacher.”

Jodie Wright claims her little boy Jay wasn’t picked up from Picnic Creek State School. Source: 7 News

Ms Wright was at work when the school called her.

“All they said was, ‘he’s in the playground, the school has closed and he’s now unsafe’,” Ms Wright said.

However, Picnic Creek State School denies this.

Gullivers has also defended the driver claiming Jay and the two other boys were misbehaving and wouldn’t get on the bus.

“You can’t physically pick them up and drag them on the bus,” Terry Gulliver said.

“Then we’d be accused of something else.”

Gullivers claims the boys, including Jay, were misbehaving and wouldn’t get on the bus. Source: 7 News

Ms Wright claims she spends “a couple of hundred a week” on Gullivers.

The Education Department said Jay was supervised until his mum arrived.

It’s a claim backed by Mr Gulliver.

“There were six teachers including the deputy principal,” he said.

Holly Brennan from the Daniel Morecombe Foundation said all kids should know how to seek safety when alone.

“We really need to try and world-proof our children,” Ms Brennan said.

“We can teach them to be safe and look after themselves and get help if they need it.”

Ms Wright claims her son has now been suspended and she’s now looking for a school with onsite after-hours care.