SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah Chatham-County School District mistake could have put two kids in grave danger after a bus driver dropped the kids off at the wrong stop.
At the end of September, Margaret Dove says it was just another day of waiting on her kids to come home from Gould Elementary. But when they showed up, there was a stranger with them.
“To see my little boys, they are six and seven, with a stranger it just put a shock over my body and I was just lost for words. I was shocked. I was disappointed. It was just everything at the same time,” said Dove.
That stranger turned out to be Michael Rayborn who found the kids walking down the street four or five blocks from where they lived.
“I was getting out of the car and I said can I help you? And they said ‘Yes, sir. We are lost. The bus put us off at the wrong stop.’ and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh,’” said Rayborn.
Rayborn called Gould Elementary. He was on his way to take the children back to the school when he said the oldest son started to remember what turns to take to get them back to their house. The mom said Rayborn is nothing short of a Good Samaritan. She doesn’t want to think about what could have happened if he wasn’t there.
“Just thinking of oh my gosh, who could have had my kids? You see this all the time on the news. You see this all the time where kids are abducted or kidnapped. It hurt my heart,” said Dove.
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System said the kids were dropped off at the wrong location that day. In a statement, the school district said they are also thankful for the community member who saved the day. The substitute driver was disciplined.
Rayborn said he’s glad this story has a happy ending because some don’t.
“I’m thankful that I was able to find the kids and get them to a place of safety more so than what the community thinks of me. I’m happy that I found them and got them to a safe place and nobody else,” said Rayburn.
The school district claims the mix up happened because the children are dropped off at two different stops based on the day. The mom told WTOC that is not true. According to her, the boys are only picked up and dropped off at one stop every day.