Young boy found in tears after getting on wrong school bus, dropped off at wrong stop



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - On the second week of school, Channel 9 learned an Orange County kindergartener was found wandering along a busy thoroughfare.

Now the school district is working to figure out what went wrong.

A woman who spoke with Channel 9 said she found Malik Howitt wandering by himself on Americana Boulevard. The boy wound up on the wrong bus without anyone noticing and was dropped off at the wrong stop.

Sidarna Settal, who lives at a nearby apartment complex, said she noticed something was wrong so she ran to catch up with Malik.

The boy's father said his son was dropped off nearly 20 minutes from his home and was walking toward Orange Blossom Trail when Settal happened to see him. 

"I was looking out my mom's window and after all the kids had left, we see this one little boy walking by himself. When I looked, he was crying," she said.

Howitt was walking quickly so Settal's mom and sister went running after him.

Settal's sister found Howitt's dad's phone number in the boy's back pack and managed to reach him at work.

"He doesn't know how to cross the street," said Malik's father, Shawn Howitt. "Anyone could have grabbed him."

Malik's mom was waiting for him at his correct bus stop. When he didn't get off, she started to panic, saying it was 15 minutes before she got the call from her husband as he was heading to Settal's apartment to pick up Malik.

"Somewhere along the line, they need to get it fixed," said Howitt.

Orange County Public Schools is still trying to figure out how the boy got on the wrong bus.