Driver stopped to buy cigarettes, mother says
The mother of a Quincy first-grader wants a school transportation company to fire the van driver who left her daughter unattended in the van Thursday afternoon while he ran into a convenience store to buy cigarettes, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported.
Quincy schools Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro said Friday that he has told the transportation company that Quincy schools would no longer allow this driver to transport its students.
Marie Long, the mother of the first-grader who attends Atherton Hough Elementary School, said her daughter arrived home 35 minutes late on Thursday. Her daughter, Mya, told Long that the driver had stopped at a convenience store and left her in the van.
“That’s ridiculous. He should get terminated. I don’t leave my own children to go into the store,” said Long. “Why would you bring my child to the Quincy Center T station? She was scared and didn’t know what was going on.”
Mya Gray was the only child in the van when the driver stopped at the store in Quincy center, said Long.
The company, TLC School Transportation in Canton, did not return a telephone call from The Patriot Ledger Friday afternoon.
TLC School Transportation only transports Quincy school children who happen to live outside
Quincy but still qualify for transportation service, said DeCristofaro, who didn’t know how many Quincy students get to and from schools with this company’s vans.
Long said her daughter also arrived home carrying a cup of soda, which she doesn’t normally drink. She said the driver gave the drink to Mya.
Long and her daughter are currently living with family members in Holbrook.