Five-year-old walks home alone to avoid school bus bullies

HOUMA, LA (WDSU) — A Houma, Louisiana mother had the shock of her life when her 5-year-old son did not get off the school bus Monday.

“I got an empty pit in my stomach because at that moment I didn’t know where my child was. I was scared,” mother Kathleen Hotard siad.

Police found him on the side of the road about a quarter-mile away from Legion Park School.

“At the corner of this fence is where they found my child,” Hotard said. “He had walked through the four-way intersection up there, passed that to here. There’s a bayou on this side and a bayou on that side and straight-on incoming traffic there.”

She said her son told a substitute teacher he had a note saying he could walk home. She later found out he did not want to ride the bus because kids had been blowing spitballs at him.

“He doesn’t want to be by himself. He urinated on himself because he was too afraid to go alone. He’s having anxiety from this,” Hotard said.

When asked if he is worried about going back to the school or getting on the bus, Kenneth said, “I’m ready to go to another school.”

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