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Boy Walks Across Busy Highway to Get Home After Missing School Bus

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Augusta, GA - "It's very scary."

That's how Edward Dawson remembers last Friday afternoon, the day he missed the school bus.

His aunt, Monica Myers, says his bus had a substitute driver and it was running late, making her worried.

"Well, when the bus did arrive, it was about a quarter to 5. My nephew gets off and says Auntie, Edward's not on the bus," said Myers.

She quickly drove to his school, Bayvale Elementary, but he was gone.

Dawson says he walked along Gordon Highway, then crossed the busy road, almost getting hit by cars, trying to make his way home.

"I was scared of being in the school and the fact that I had to cross the most dangerous highway," said Dawson.

Edward says he kept walking until he got to Sibley Road, where his Aunt found him and took him home.

Myers says the school's bus monitor told her she put Edward on the bus.

Myers feels someone dropped the ball.

Myers said, "I felt that, at that time, had the staff been trained on the proper protocol of what to do, when an incident like this happens, we wouldn't have never had to go through all of this."

Dr. Dana Harris is the principal at Bayvale Elementary.

She says this is the second time in 12 years something like this has happened, but explains there is a system in place.

"That's communicated with the parents at the very onset, not just because we're a Title 1 school, not just because we have almost 500 kids, It's because it's the right thing to do," said Harris.

Dr. Harris says the school has notebooks divided and based on bus numbers with the students names inside,.

Also, school registration forms have a portion to be filled out by parents to let the school know how the child will get home.

Edward Dawson says his decision to walk home is one he had to make.

"I had to make a decision. Either just stay here and shiver or just go outside, take a big risk, dodge cars, run across the street and get home," said Dawson

Dr. Harris says she is looking into this and has talked to everyone involved.

She's also working on adding new procedures to what's already in place.

Myers says her nephews will not be students at a Richmond County school next year.

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