SAGINAW - A 13-year-old boy found himself walking three miles in unfamiliar territory after he was forced off a school bus in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw District.
The boy spent the night with a friend and on Monday tried to board a school bus that he normally does not ride.
"The bus driver called the dispatcher," said Kristen Escovdeo, a spokeswoman with the district. "The dispatcher instructed the driver not to let the student ride the bus, and he was left at the bus stop."
Unsure of what to do next, the boy walked three miles and arrived at the Saginaw Police Department, which is about the mid-point between the bus stop and the Prairie Vista middle school.
"This is completely unacceptable," Escovdeo said.
Police then drove the boy to school.
The district, which contracts with Petermann for bus service, said unauthorized riders are supposed to make prior arrangements. However, Escovdeo said it wasn't protocol for a student to be kicked off a bus.
"What we have directed Petermann prior to this ... is any student who is attempting to ride the wrong bus should be transported to their destination," she said.
Petermann, which suspended the dispatcher and not the driver, said it was investigating the incident.
"The dispatcher gave improper instructions to the driver," a company spokesman said. "Our practice is to transport children to school [and] then deal with possible procedural violations."
The boy's mother filed a police report, but no charges have been filed.