12 On Your Side: Another day, another claim student dropped off miles from home

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email


News 12 at 6 o'clock / August 14, 2013

2 Richmond County parents claimed their children were dropped off miles from home after the first day of school on Monday. Now a third parent comes forth with a similar story.

"She was scared. She was petrified. Lucky she recognized her grandma's road and house where she got the bus driver to let her off," says Randy Kirkland.

But Kirkland says that is not where his 7-year old step-daughter was to be dropped off after her first day of school. He says it should have been at home, just down the block from Willis Foreman Elementary School.

"With all these children getting abducted," says Kirkland. He says he is counting his blessings and scratching his head over the mix-up.

"They don't want us to walk her to school or cross the street because this road is too dangerous," says Kirkland.

Which is why he says she is taking a school bus in the first place. Kirkland says she was scheduled for the wrong bus that would have had her dropped off at an address three miles from home.

News 12 asked Kirkland who lives at that particular address. "We don't know nobody that lives in that area."

We met with Richmond County Schools Transportation Director Jimmie Wiley. "I'm not sure how they got the information," says Wiley regarding the district. Wiley says overall his driver's did a fine job on Monday and there is room for human error.

But try telling that to Chiconna Smalls who told News 12 her 4-year old was dropped at a community center nearly three miles from their home.
"It wasn't just me, it's happening to other people's kids. Who is gonna do something. Who is gonna start paying attention," says Smalls.

We asked Wiley how he would tell a parent that one of their children were abducted because a bus dropped a student off at the wrong location.

"Well, you stand here and ask me a question if," says WIley. He says the district and authorities work closely when and if a student is out of place.

But Kirkland says, "who would have been responsible if something had happened?"

Wiley says the district transports on average, 22,000 students a day and contends that his staff did a fine job getting kids to and from school safely on Monday.

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