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School Bus Drops Kindergarteners Off Miles from Home

Me and my niece Kayleigh

It’s back to school time and a lot of parents will be sending their kids off to school on the bus. But what happens if they don’t get to or from school safely?

My five-year-old niece Kayleigh will start all day kindergarten in a couple of days and I can’t even imagine something like this happening to her.

In Banning, California, a four-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy were left wandering the streets in a strange neighborhood after their school bus driver let them off at the wrong stop. Their Mom was waiting for them when their bus arrived at their stop, but they weren’t on the bus. As one would expect, the Mom of the kids started freaking and drove to the school to see if she could find them, but they weren’t there. 

About 30 minutes into the search for her kids, Tara Brown received a call from police, who said her kids were at the police station. Someone had spotted them wandering around and called 911.

Tara told KABC that her kids were found two blocks from the school and that the police officer told her that it wasn’t a good area for them to be wandering around in. She says the boys were tagged with stickers that indicated exactly which stop they were supposed to get off, so she doesn’t know how this happened.

And do you want to hear something terrifying?  This isn’t the only recent case of kids being dropped off at the wrong place.

A group of middle school kids in Florida say on Monday that their bus driver dropped them off at a gas station which was SEVEN miles from their neighborhood.

Back in May, about a dozen middle school kids in Texas claim they were told by their bus driver to get off of the bus ELEVEN miles from school because he had to go home to take care of something.

I’m not a parent, so I don’t even know how I’d handle something like this.  What would you do if your child was dropped off at the wrong spot or left on the bus?  As a parent, how do you begin to protect your child?  Is there a way to prepare them for something like without scaring them? What did you do to prepare your kid(s) for riding the bus?

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