Bensalem Township Boy Found By Good Samaritan After Boarding Wrong Samuel Faust Elementary School Bus

BENSALEM TWP., Pa. (WPVI) — A Bensalem Township mother is livid after her five-year-old son was placed on the wrong school bus on Tuesday.

Crystina Rodriguez says her son’s bus driver dropped off kindergarten in an unfamiliar area.

A Good Samaritan found the child in the 2700 block of Knights Road.

Rodriguez estimates his son wandered around for about 40 minutes until the Good Samaritan stopped and asked if he was lost.

“I was thinking (of) the worst that could happen to my son if they didn’t find him. The worst was going through my mind,” said Rodriguez, who stood outside Samuel Faust Elementary School Thursday with signs, calling for better security measures. . She wants the school to call a meeting.

“I want the manager and the assistant manager out, they don’t care about these kids. We have to protect these young kids,” Rodriguez said.

The Good Samaritan, whom Rodriguez would like to find and thank, brought Xavier to a nearby gas station.

“A stranger was in contact with my son and took him to a gas station and bought him candy and a slushie,” Rodriguez said.

Once at the gas station, the police were called.

Police said the school was aware of the child’s disappearance after being informed by the family.

After Rodriguez posted the incident on social media, more parents reported safety concerns at the elementary school.

Jonathan Bonilla said his five-year-old was found wandering the school grounds in November when a substitute teacher failed to escort his child to reception for early dismissal.

Bonilla says her child walked out of school through the doors she normally does on a normal layoff day.

“She pushed two heavy metal gates alone and walked on the school property over the grass where the trees are until the school crossing guard noticed that there was a child alone on the school property. ‘school,” Bonilla said.

Bonilla says he was told changes would be made, and when he heard about Xavier’s incident he had to reach out and join Xavier’s mother outside in protest on Thursday.

Bensalem police would not comment but Rodriguez showed Action News the police report.

The school district would not say if any disciplinary action was taken against the bus driver.

A spokesperson released this statement saying: “We are aware that on January 25, 2022, one of our youngest students boarded the wrong bus and consequently got off the bus in an unfamiliar area. The student reunited with his family safely. The district is continuing to investigate the situation to ensure this does not happen again.”

In a follow-up email requesting information about the Jonathan Bonilla incident, the school district did not respond.

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