Irving ISD kindergartner picked up by Good Samaritan after school bus mixup

A school bus mix-up last month left an Irving mother in a state of panic, not knowing where her six-year-old son was.

He was supposed to wait for his daycare van, but he ended up lost and in danger. He was dropped off on the Hwy. 183 service road.

A frantic Sabrina Walker thought her son was at daycare, but then the daycare called saying the kindergartner wasn't at the school pick-up.

Walker called the principal, the teacher, the daycare and finally police. She was livid.

While Walker was making phone calls, Wilber Umanna dialed 911 after seeing a scared little boy on Airport Freeway. "He's running on the side of the highway," Umanna told police. The 911 dispatcher asked if they were able to catch him. They told police they had the boy.

Tyler Jackson, 6, had been dropped off near this intersection at Valley View and Hwy. 183.

Tyler jumped in Umanna's car and they pulled into a nearby hotel parking lot to wait for police.

The dispatcher told Tyler's mother he had been found on the side of a hotel in a parking lot. Half an hour later, they were reunited.

Tyler was not physically hurt but the ordeal took an emotional toll.

"He was terrified, traumatized. When I picked him up, he didn't say a word, he was just quiet. He got home, took his clothes off and went straight to bed. He didn't say anything else."

Tyler hasn't been back to school since and walker plans on changing districts.

Irving ISD said in a statement, "When campus administrators were alerted that a student may have boarded the wrong bus on February 25, they took necessary steps to locate the student, notify the parents and ensure the child's safety... If it is determined that district protocols were not followed, swift and appropriate action will be taken."

Irving police responded to the two 911 calls but found no criminal wrongdoing. A police report was not filed.

That isn't stopping Sabrina Walker who has hired former Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins to pursue legal action against the school district.

Last week, Irving ISD removed the bus driver from all district routes.

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