Wrong bus drops off 6-year-old Pine Bush boy alone in rain

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A 6-year-old boy got lost coming home from his first day of school this week after a bus driver allegedly told him to get out and walk, according to his Pine Bush family.

The Pine Bush School District confirmed that the driver, with First Student Bus Company, didn't follow protocol, which was to return the child to school. Officials said the driver has been "dealt with." They declined to clarify what that means.

The boy grew scared coming home when he realized he was on the wrong bus, according to his father, Bill Hauburger.

"He kept telling the bus driver he's not on the right bus," Hauburger told News 12. "The bus driver asked him to be quiet, he said."

Hauburger said his wife waited at the bus stop for more than an hour Wednesday.

"Nobody knew where he was," he said. "At the school, they didn't know what bus he'd gotten on. They didn't know where he went."

Two hours after getting out of school, the child eventually got dropped off at a random corner in the family's neighborhood. He was left to walk home down the street, alone -- in the rain.

"He asked the bus driver to drive him down the road, and the driver told him he can't, that he has a normal route he has to follow," Hauburger said.

Luckily, the father was home when his son finally made it to the house.

"He was hysterical. He walked in, I heard him downstairs crying," Hauburger said. "He thought his mom lost him."

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