“For me it was an eternity,” said Julie Villalobos. “No one knew where my child was."
Villalobos' son, Cameron, was lost and alone while she drove back and forth, from Castle Hills Elementary School to their old home address, looking for him.
Villalobos had gone to Cameron's campus early to pick him up, but after waiting for a while, she realized her son was nowhere to be found.
Cameron's mother told KENS 5 the family recently moved and that she had asked the school not to allow Cameron to take his previous bus route home.
“We are very thankful that this was a good Samaritan that picked up this boy,” said Aubrey Chancellor, spokeswoman for the Northeast Independent School District.
Chancellor said Cameron's teacher did not allow him on the bus, but somehow he managed to make it on.
But that's not the only error that was made.
According to the school district, a 5-year-old is not allowed to be dropped off by a school bus unless there is an adult waiting to receive the child.
“He should’ve never been on the bus in the first place,” said Chancellor. “He definitely should not have been dropped off the bus without someone there waiting for him. This bus driver will definitely face disciplinary action.”
As for Villalobos, she's just grateful the stranger who found Cameron walking along the frontage road didn't have foul intentions.
“That person was gracious enough to take my son back,” Villalobos said of the person who saw Cameron and gave him a ride back to school. “Not everyone would have done that."