CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A mother and father in Charlotte are upset after their 5-year-old daughter was put on the wrong bus Thursday and dropped off at the wrong stop.
Mondell Davis told WBTV that he went to his daughter’s regular bus stop, but when the bus came from Winterfield Elementary School, the young girl wasn’t on it. He said that he didn’t know where she was for about an hour.
The worried dad called Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) officials, who he says told him his daughter was at another school. Davis said that wasn’t true.
“The people from the bus apologized about putting her on the wrong bus, but no one knew where she was,” the girl’s mother, Asia Jackson, said.
The parents say a maintenance worker at a nearby apartment complex found their daughter, wandering alone and lost in the rain. That worker was able to get the girl’s address from her backpack and take her home.
CMS officials released a statement to WBTV about the incident.
“CMS is fully investigating the unfortunate situation today where a student was placed on the wrong bus at dismissal. We are thankful the student was located safely,” the statement read. “The safe transportation of our students is a responsibility we take very seriously. We will review our procedures to determine what adjustments may be needed.”
Davis says the family is new to the Charlotte area, and that Thursday was his daughter’s third day at Winterfield Elementary.
“At five years old, you shouldn’t be getting off the bus by yourself,” Jackson told WBTV. She said her daughter won’t be going back to Winterfield. She would like to see some changes made in CMS.
“If you can just easily lose a kindergarten student and have no clue where they are… then something else has to be done at that school,” the mother said.
The parents said they contacted police about the incident.
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