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December 2, 2021

Bus, no shoes no ride for kids?

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My 13-year-old daughter and her 13-year-old friend tried to catch the bus from Bangalow to Byron Bay on Saturday morning at about 10am.

The driver refused to take them on the bus because they had no shoes. They were left abandoned in Bangalow with no other way to get about.

If you cast your minds back to 2003 you might remember that a 13-year-old boy by the name of Daniel Morcombe was abducted, sexually abused and murdered after the bus he was waiting for, on the side of a busy main road, didn’t stop. He didn’t know what to do, so he accepted a lift from a stranger.

In this day I would have thought that bus drivers have more common sense than to leave kids stranded. There aren’t any other public transport options available to them. And for something as minor as not having shoes (in the Byron Bay region – how uncommon!). If no shoes was actually a problem worth worrying about, the prudent course of action would be to warn them, but still let them board.

Our girls were okay – but Daniel Morcombe wasn’t. Bus companies, please educate your staff as to the possible consequences of their actions and reconsider your policy of shoe wearing and the way you handle breaches of the rule by children.

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