Touching photo of bus driver holding boy’s hand on first day of school goes viral
The first day of pre-kindergarten could be difficult for little kids. There are so many unfamiliar things happening at once, such as separating from their parents, going to a new location, being surrounded by new people, and discovering a brand new routine. It’s a lot to take in at once, and many kids cry from the new, scary, and overwhelming situation. That was the case for Axel when he started pre-k in 2019 in Wisconsin. However, the bus driver took care of him in a heart-warming story that will hopefully inspire hope for the coming school year.
“The bus opened the door and he started crying”
Amy Johnson, Axel’s mother, wanted to take a photo on the school bus to commemorate the big day. However, instead of a cheery smile, the camera captured a red face full of tears. “He was super excited to go, but when the bus came around the corner he was really quiet,” she said. “The bus opened the door and I looked at him and he started crying.” When Johnson picked up Axel to put him on a bus seat, he clung to her and refused to let her get off the bus. “I told him, ‘Buddy, you got this and will have so much fun,’ ” Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Isabel Lane, the bus driver motioned them to the empty seat right behind her. And when Axel didn’t let his mother go, she held out her hand to comfort him. “I stuck my hand behind the seat as maybe something else to grab onto and he grabbed my hand,” Lane said. 
When Johnson got off the bus, she took a photo of her son holding onto the kind bus driver’s hand. That very photo was later posted on the Augusta Police Department’s Facebook page where it garnered over 2.4 thousand likes.
In the caption, they wrote, “In our 2nd ‘official’ year in the school, we really need to shout out our school staff. This is one of our wonderful bus drivers, Miss Lane, holding the hand of a scared little one on his first day of school! The compassion we see every day in our teachers, bus drivers, custodians, administration, food service staff, and paraprofessionals is truly admirable. We are so fortunate to be able to partner with these people!”