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Teen Waits For Bus In Bitter Cold

A two hour school bus delay, became much longer for a Reynolds High student during the bitter cold.

Woodie Seiersen called News 13 in frustration from work, after finding out that his son had been waiting for a bus for more than an hour.

"He's been texting me back and forth, can I just miss a day of school it's miserable out here," Seiersen told us. He'd been told another bus was being re-routed and would be there soon.

So his son Dominick just kept waiting in five degree weather.

"It's horrible," he told us at the stop on School Road East. "I can't feel anything at all, and I haven't been able to for 30 or 40 minutes. "

According to Buncombe County Schools, a substitute driver was on the route and passed by that stop about 25 minutes early. Transportation director Joe Hough says dominick's situation was an isolated case in this latest cold snap.

"Biggest thing is we have to say we're sorry," Hough says. "Those things are gonna happen and we will do anything we can to make sure the lines of communication are open."

School officials also urge parents to contact the school immediately, which is exactly what Seiersen says he did.

Dominick's mother eventually called and told him to get out of the cold. A bus arrived at 10:35 AM, though by that time, Dominick seemed less than thrilled.

"I mean at least I get to go to school, I wish I would have gotten to stay in bed and got warm," he said.


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