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Florence kindergartner left alone on busy street

The kindergartner was discovered by a family friend while walking on a busy highway. (Source: WAFF) The kindergartner was discovered by a family friend while walking on a busy highway. (Source: WAFF)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A kindergartner in Florence was left walking alone along a busy street after being let off the bus at the wrong place.

"I went off at the wrong place and I was walking," said Demetric Abernathy Jr. about the incident.

J.R., as he is called, is only five years old and said he accidentally got off the school bus miles away from where he needed to be.

Luckily, a family friend saw him along Helton Drive and called his mom.

"When she put him on the phone with me my heart just sunk I started crying,” said mom Candace Pike. “Then it being hot outside and him wondering around, he could have been hit by a car. That’s the same area that a dead body was just found in not too long ago."

Now she wants the Florence City School District to make sure it never happens again.

"We feel like our procedures are working every single day with our students, but the procedure was not followed in this case," said Superintendent Janet Womack.

She added this error is one too many and wants to assure parents they have contacted the bus company they contract with to deal with the issue.

"That we never have an error that compromises the safety of a child, but at the same time I need parents to know that in an event that that ever occurs, we do take that very seriously and safety is our top priority for our school district," Womack explained.

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