- A 5-year-old boy from Oklahoma was dropped off at the wrong bus stop on his first day using school transport, leading him to ring a stranger’s doorbell camera for help.
- The boy and another 5-year-old wandered for an hour before being found; the incident prompted his mother to share their story as a “cautionary tale” for parents.
- The Edmond school district requires bus drivers to drop children only when a parent is visible and has since reinforced this rule by updating student drop-off details and emphasizing stricter checks.
A heart-wrenching video from Oklahoma has been circulating online, showing a 5-year-old boy crying at a stranger’s doorbell camera, pleading, “Will you help me find my mommy?”
His mother revealed that this was his very first day riding the school bus, and he was dropped off at the incorrect stop.
Kelly Mulholland, the distressed mother, shared on TikTok how her son and her boyfriend’s daughter were scheduled to alight from the bus at the intersection of Napa Valley Road and Bristol Park Boulevard in Edmond that Monday afternoon, as reported by the Oklahoman.
However, to her horror, the bus reached the stop about an hour later than expected and without the children aboard.
The harrowing realization was that the two 5-year-olds were left wandering in a neighborhood for an entire hour after being mistakenly let off at an unfamiliar location, the Oklahoman disclosed.
Recounting the traumatic experience in her video, Mulholland stated, “My literal worst nightmare happened.”
She explained further that she cohabits with her boyfriend and his daughter.
Upon questioning the bus driver about the children’s whereabouts, the driver couldn’t remember the exact drop-off point.
Another child on the bus then informed her that the young pair had alighted one stop prior.
As Mulholland initiated her search, her boyfriend dashed to Charles Haskell Elementary, their school, the Oklahoman relayed.
A turning point came when a neighbor approached Mulholland, inquiring if she was looking for two kids. This individual, whose Ring doorbell had captured the lost children, had been alerted by the security device. With this lead, Mulholland and other residents began searching nearby homes and soon located the kids.
Expressing her pride, Mulholland said, “They would alternate ringing doorbells. One would go up, and one would stay on the sidewalk to keep watch.”
“I’m not sharing this to scare anybody, but I think this is a cautionary tale. You need to teach your kids what to do if it happens,” Mulholland added.
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According to further details from the paper, the Edmond school district has a policy ensuring bus drivers only let off students when a guardian is present.
Young students should also be wearing identifiable tags or wristbands specifying their designated bus stop.
The district has since updated their student drop-off list and emphasized the importance of checking each child upon exiting to their drivers.
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