12 On Your Side: Parents say school buses dropped kids miles from home

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email


News 12 at 6 o'clock / August 13, 2013

"My child could've been kidnapped. She could've been raped. She's nothing but 6-years old," says Tonnette Jones. She says she panicked when her daughter Tamara did not come home after her first day of classes at Craig-Houghton Elementary School on Monday.

"She says she was scared and she don't want to ride the bus. She did not get on the bus this morning," says Jones.

She says Tamara was dropped off at her friend's house. Both moms say their kids ride the bus together. We drove from Jones' house to where Tamara was left. It is more than 2-miles away.

The driver was like did I know her. I said yes, that's my friend's daughter I could call her and let her know that I got her," says Latasha Reeves.

Chiconna Smalls had a similar experience. She says her 4-year old was left at the Diamond Lakes Community Center, instead of being dropped at home after his first day at Willis Forman Elementary.

"My kid is 4-years old. He has no idea first day of per-school first day ever riding the bus," says Smalls. We drove from Smalls' home to that community center which is a nearly 3-mile trip.

She says anything could have happened to him. "I kept thinking was if this had been a strangers home. If he had just been wandering the neighborhood. If some crazy person snatched my child," says Smalls.

News 12 contacted district superintendent Frank Roberson. He along with principals from both schools say all procedures were followed properly and that it is a bus situation.

"To think that somebody and some people I guess could be that careless with my child," says Smalls. Jones had a similar sentiment. "I think the system needs to be better than what it is," says Jones.

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