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Mother upset after son with autism is let off bus with no adult at stop

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Meia Jackson says her son Kyan, 5, who has autism, was let off the school bus with no adult present at the stop. Credit: KMOV Meia Jackson says her son Kyan, 5, who has autism, was let off the school bus with no adult present at the stop. Credit: KMOV
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A mother is upset with University City schools because she says her son, who has autism, was dropped off at a bus stop with no parent or guardian present.

Meia Jackson said the bus that was supposed to drop off her son Kyan, 5, at his stop Friday afternoon never showed up at the scheduled time. Jackson told News 4 she became very frustrated because of a lack of communication between the school district and the bus company.

“I don’t think University City cares to be honest with you,” said Jackson.

Jackson alleges she was told Kyan was still on the bus when in fact he wasn’t.

Missouri Central School Bus, which provides bussing for the school district, said the bus is equipped with GPS and video cameras. The company says it reviewed those cameras and determined the bus went through its normal route and stopped at all regular stops. But the bus company’s investigation is not complete.

However, the district said mistakes were made.

“There were definitely some actions that were completely unacceptable for our school district,” said University City School District Superintendent Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley.

Hardin-Bartley says the bus driver allowed Kyan to get off the bus without an adult present. The bus driver has been on the assigned route for three weeks and may not have known Kyan has special needs.

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