Tristan King, a father-of-two of Georgia, confronted the staff of Norton Elementary School after the school bus left behind his five-year-old daughter for the third time.
In the Facebook video that King’s wife recorded, the man appeared upset in front of two people in an office at R.L. Norton Elementary School in Snellville. His daughter, whose name was not revealed, was sitting on a nearby couch eating her lunch.
According to King, his son, who is older than the five-year-old girl, was in the bus waiting for his sister when someone told the driver to pull off. The boy asked the staff to wait so that he could get her, but they didn’t let him.
Tristan King talking to the school's staff | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
Scared, he started crying and called his parents to tell them what had happened. During the discussion, King shouted at the staff: “[My son] called us screaming that his sister wasn’t on the bus and they wouldn’t wait for her or let him off to find her.”
King complaining about the bus not waiting for his daughter | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
At some point, King said that the first time it happened, he could understand that such a mistake could be possible and was not mad. The second time, though, he was angry but let it go.
One worker of the school where the incident took place | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
For the third time, he was not as understanding, especially after receiving the call from his son “crying, screaming, talking about he don’t know where his sister is” [sic].
Another worker of the school where the incident took place | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
King emphasized that the school was responsible for his children until they are back home safe. One of the workers asked him to lower his voice in consideration of the other children in the school, but it only made King get angrier.
King's 5-year-old girl witnessing the discussion | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
“Y’all didn’t care nothing about my child when she went missing for three times. This is the third time, and you wanna talk to me about someone else’s kids, and you didn’t care about mine?” [sic] he added.
The girl was eating her lunch | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
In a letter, Principal Melanie Lee said that King’s daughter was not lost but simply missed the school bus. “Mr. King had every right to be upset, and the whole thing wasn’t handled well,” added a spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.
King and the girl leaving the office | Source: Facebook/Tristan De'Geon
King revealed in his Facebook post that school officials barred him from coming to the campus again without a police escort. The school, however, said that it was something that could happen only if the man didn’t calm down and refrain from using profanity, but that the decision had not been taken already.
After the clip went viral, many concerned parents agreed with King’s reaction. One of them even “applaud” his anger, adding that they would be “every bit as mad were that my daughter.
Thankfully, this incident didn’t have a negative outcome, which was not the case with Christopher Freeman, who went to his son’s school in Florida with a loaded AK-47 after the boy called him crying saying that a teacher allegedly “slammed” him.
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