DUNDALK, Md. - Terry Campbell waits everyday outside of his Dundalk home for his son to step off the school bus. It's convenient and safe, that is until the bus comes without six-year-old Justin.
"I was right here when the bus came. The rest of the students got off but my son wasn't on it," said Campbell.
Not on it and no word from other students or the driver. Campbell called Logan Elementary to realize his son was placed on the wrong bus.
Then he drove to the school, figuring the bus driver would take him back. What he saw on the second day of school he can't erase.
"As I'm on my way back up to school, I see him walking down the street by himself, crying," said Campbell.
Justin believes the problem started before he left school.
"I don't belong on that bus," Justin Campbell said.
A spokesman for Baltimore County Public Schools says Justin was assigned to the wrong bus, but he was never left alone.
"The bus driver realized that the child was not comfortable after having got off the bus. Again, the bus driver made sure that they did not drive off. They kept the child in sight," said Mychael Dickerson, Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman.
That's not the story Campbell tells. He says Justin was let off on North Avondale Rd., a quarter-of-a-mile away from home.
"The school bus driver told me, because I stopped him a couple blocks up the street, well that's our policy we can't leave none of the kids on the bus and we're not obligated to call or nothing," said Campbell.
But the school spokesman says he was never left alone. A fatal accident from two years ago ties into Justin's emotions. His mom died when her Jeep rolled over.
"I knew how he was feeling at the time because we lost his mother about a year-and-a-half ago in a car accident, so if I'm not where I'm supposed to be it's a problem," said Campbell.
Justin was back to riding the school bus later that week. The Transportation Department is still trying to reach Terry Campbell to talk about the incident and see what can be done to improve safety.
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