The girls are safe now, but there are still questions about why this happened and who is responsible.
“I don’t want this to happen to someone else’s child. It can’t happen again,” said Carmen Saa.
Her 11-year-old daughter, Kamora, is in sixth grade at Teague Middle School. She said she usually picks her up after school, but on Monday she asked him to take the school bus home.
Kamora and a friend were the last two passengers when they realized they were on the wrong bus.
“We said, ‘This is not our stop’, and [the bus driver] said, “Go downstairs and go home,” Kamora said.
“The bus driver told them to get off at a stop about 15 minutes from our house,” Saa said.
Kamora said she was scared and didn’t know where she was.
Saa located her daughter’s phone in the Greenbriar Colony neighborhood, which is just over four miles from their home across Hardy Toll Road.
Kamora stayed there until her grandmother could pick her up, about 35 minutes later.
“I reached out to schools. I reached out to [the] transport [department], and no one has yet given me an answer as to why they were taken off the bus and not taken to a safe place, where an adult was there to protect them. Anything could have happened to my child, ”Saa said.
A spokesperson for Aldine ISD sent ABC 13 a statement confirming an investigation into the incident.
“Student safety is a priority for Aldine ISD. As such, the district is investigating an incident involving a student at Teague Middle School who got on the wrong bus yesterday,” the spokesperson said. “The transportation department conducts interviews with parents, staff and students to determine if department protocols have been followed. In the event that a student is not on the correct route, the driver should contact dispatch to pick up the correct stop or return the student to his / her home campus. Where a driver has failed to follow protocols, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken based on the results and conclusions of the investigation. The Aldine ISD Transportation Department will continue to work with our campuses to ensure our students travel safely to and from school. “
Kamora said the bus driver demonstrated that he fully understands what should have happened.
“She should have taken us home or taken us back to school,” Kamora said.
Now her mother has said she is determined to make sure this protocol is followed in the future.
“We’re just thankful that she’s home,” Saa said. “She’s safe, and we just need to make sure we protect the other kids.”
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