NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk mother says her son was kicked off the bus and forced to walk more than four miles to get home. Now, she wants answers about why he had to walk across busy roads.
Norfolk School officials say Tuesday afternoon there was an incident on a school bus heading home from Blair Middle School. WAVY.com was told several students were horsing around and fighting. The driver decided to take the bus back to Blair and several students were asked to leave the bus.
"No matter who it was, he told us to get off the bus," said seventh grader Savionne Burton.
Burton was also forced off the bus. He says he wasn't involved in the ruckus, but was told, along with other students, to go to the office and call their parents for a ride home. Burton says the doors to the school were locked.
"They couldn't call their parents though, because they weren't allowed into the office," said Savionne's mother Shauna Burton. "At that point he decided the best thing to do is go home."
Savionne and several other students decided to walk.
"It was a long walk," Savionne added.
The 13-year-old and the other students walked down Colley Avenue and through Park Place. Burton eventually headed onto Hampton Boulevard and Little Creek Road. It took him two hours before he got back to his Ruthven Road home.
"That's too much," Shauna Burton said. "I didn't know that I had to worry about him going and coming home. To think that somebody would put my child in harms way, it hurts me."
School officials said they are investigating the incident. In a statement, they said only one student walked home, but only after he told them he had a ride. The Burtons have a different story, and they said somebody at the school dropped the ball.
"It could have been a whole lot worse," Burton said. "This is bad. They need to accept what they did. This is not protocol for anyone, and if it is, you need to re-evaluate your system."
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