Mother speaks out after bus drops off son, 7, in dangerous neighborhood
(KMOV.com) – The mother of a student with special needs is searching for answers after the bus he takes home from school left him alone wandering in a dangerous neighborhood.
Carmella Harris said she received a call on August 18 from a concerned stranger who found her son wandering alone in an area near Newstead, Bessie, and Penrose in north St. Louis. Harris’ son is usually dropped off in front of the family’s home because he has autism. Instead, he was dropped off 10 minutes away.
“He saw him crying and he said he just stopped him and asked him where was from. He found my number in his backpack. I was freaking out and panicking,” Harris said.
Harris said she immediately left work and picked him up from an area with abandoned buildings and sketchy activity.
“He gave me a big hug and told me he was scared,” Harris said. “He didn’t understand what happened, he just said the bus driver told him to get off.”
Harris told News 4 she wants answers from the St. Louis Public Schools and First Student about what happened.
“I’m pissed. The bus driver needs to be at fault and they need to accountable for their actions because it happens too often to these kids,” Harris said.
SLPS said it is looking into the incident. First Student told News 4 it is waiting to hear more about what happened.