A 6-year-old in Pennsylvania said that she was forced off of a school bus by the driver miles away from her home.
Laianna Correa got onto the wrong bus on Tuesday afternoon, March 13, but didn’t realize anything was wrong until the bus reached the end of the route.
That was when the driver told Correa she needed to get off.
“I said, ‘This is not my stop,’ and she said she didn’t care,” Correa told ABC 6.
Correa got off the bus more than two miles away from her usual stop.
Fortunately, she knew a classmate getting off there and the classmate’s parents connected the child to her mother.
But Correa’s mother wasn’t happy with how the situation was handled.
“I’m livid,” Danielle said. “I’m outraged because you pick a school thinking that your child is going to be taken care of during the day.”
A spokesperson for Durham School Services, the company that operates the buses, said that they apologized to the family and launched an investigation.
According to the company’s website, “There is no safer way to transport students to school than on a school bus, and Durham makes safety Priority number one.”
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“Durham provides safe and reliable transportation to students across the United States, transporting more than 1,000,000 students daily. With our expertise and nation-wide resources, you will no longer have to worry about: new bus capital, routing issues, bus breakdowns and the recruitment and training of drivers,” it stated.
The company operates across multiple states.
Policy dictates what should happen in the situation a child picks the wrong bus.
The driver is supposed to radio to dispatch, which will then get in touch with the child’s parents. The parents and school are then supposed to agree on a safe drop-off location.
West Oak Lane Charter School, The Phila School Dist & Durham School Services (Bus Co) launched investigations … that includes reviewing video, interviews of driver, bus monitors etc… https://t.co/vy8Gpr9yBj
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“She could’ve wound up anywhere,” Danielle said. “Unacceptable. It will not happen again.”
The principal of West Oak Lane Charter School said they’re reviewing what happened.
There was no announcement made on the school’s website.