Philadelphia School Bus Driver Mistakenly Drops Off First-Grader 9 Miles from Home, Forcing Kid to Ask a Stranger for Help


A school bus driver in Philadelphia dropped a six-year-old off at the wrong stop, about nine miles from her home.

Maniyah Hickman told The Philadelphia Inquirer she was scared when she realized it wasn’t her stop, and could not get back on the bus before it drove off last Wednesday.

She waved her arms to get help before a ‘nice man’ came to her aid, giving her his cellphone so she could call her grandmother.

‘I couldn’t leave the little girl in the street like that. That wouldn’t have been right at all,’ the kind stranger Chris Gray, 28, told The Inquirer.

Across town Maniyah’s mom, Shantale Hickman, and her grandmother, Shantale Galloway, were waiting for Maniyah at the correct stop, 56th Street and Walton Avenue.

They got worried when there was no sign of her and called the Philadelphia School District who said the driver was ending his route and Maniyah would be there soon.

Minutes later, Galloway received a call from an unknown number and was shocked to hear her granddaughter on the other end.

Gray talked to the grandmother, bought Maniyah chips and a bottle of water and stayed with her until the relieved family arrived.

Hickman said the whole ordeal ‘was just a crazy, scary moment,’ and said while her daughter is physically okay, ‘she broke down crying that night.’

‘The man was nice but what if the wrong person got her,’ the worried mother told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The driver in last Wednesday’s mix-up was a substitute driver for a MAT Total Transportation, which transports private school students for the city.

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Source: Daily Mail UK