6-Year-old left at bus stop alone; school says it's standard bus policy - KMOV.com

6-Year-old left at bus stop alone; school says it's standard bus policy

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - The mother of a six year old contacted News 4 after her six-year-old daughter was dropped off at her bus stop without an adult there.

The incident occured last Friday. The bus arrived at the stop early, and dropped off six-year-old Avery Jackson; but her grandmother wasn't there to greet her so she walked the two blocks from the stop to home, alone. Jackson is a first grade student at Confluence Charter in South St. Louis.

Jackson's mother believes her daughter is too young to walk home alone.

"I think it's ridiculous because she's six and anything could have happened to her," said Sharlee Pruett.

News 4 looked into the bus policy at Confluence. They refused to go on camera, but issued a statement.

"First grade students and older can be released at a stop without an adult present," the statement read. The statement also said an adult is required at the bus stop if the child is in Kindergarden.  A committee from Confluence and the bus company, First Srudent, decided on the policy last summer.

Jackson took the incident in stride.

"All I had to do was cross the street, walk straight, make a turn and walk up the street so it was no big deal," Jackson said.

To Pruett however, it is a big deal. Confluence says it will take another look at its bus policies.

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