(KMOV.com) – The mother of a 5-year-old girl is upset after a bus driver dropped off at a bus stop alone.
Melissa Bailey said the Collinsville School District refuses to provide her with a specific time when her daughter will be dropped off. She said a bus driver violated the rules by dropping her daughter off before a parent arrived.
“My 5-year-old is walking up a busy street by herself where she could have gotten hit by a car, she could have been picked up by a stranger, anything could have happened. I was not there they did not wait for a parent to arrive like they are supposed to,” Bailey said.
News 4 estimated the child walked alone for 2/10 of a mile before reaching her mother. If a parent is not at the stop, Superintendent Bob Green told News 4 the driver is supposed to take the child back to school or the district office where adults are present, and those adults are supposed to call parents to inform them about their child.
Green said the bus monitor asked the child if a parent was at the stop before the child replied “yes.” According to Green, the girl was then let off the bus, Green later discovered a parent was not near the bus. Green said he is working with the bus company to make sure such an incident does not happen again.
“Pay attention, make sure they are getting on an off where they should,” Green said. “Make sure those parents are there and make sure those kids are safe.”
Bailey said she will probably pick her daughter up from school in the future. Bailey said she will only allow her daughter to ride the bus if she is told when the girl will be dropped off.