‘You have to get off,’ Students say they were lost after being kicked off school bus
SUGAR LAND, Texas – Two 7-year-old girls say they were lost after they were put on the wrong school bus and then “kicked off” at the last stop on the route.
“I didn’t know where she was. It was , it was very scary,” said Katy Acosta.
Acosta says her daughter, Casey, and her friend, Siera, were put on the wrong bus at Campbell Elementary School.
The bus stopped in a Fort Bend County neighborhood, almost a mile away from their usual stop.
“And the girls proceeded to tell him that they didn’t know where they were, that this wasn’t their neighborhood, as in section of the neighborhood, and he said, ‘Sorry, this is the last stop. You have to get off,” said Acosta.
The girls were going to walk home and stopped a stranger to ask for directions.
He realized they were young and scared, so he and his wife gave them a ride back to the school.
In the meantime, Acosta had no idea where her daughter was and went to the school, looking for answers.
For 30 minutes, she waited and worried but says no one could give her any explanation for where her child could be found.
“I kick myself to this day that I didn’t just call the police,” said Acosta.
Now, she is demanding answers and possible changes to the system.
“Honestly, I don’t really feel confident that the same thing is not going to happen again. Obviously, I’d like to see policies and procedures put in place that this doesn’t, something like this doesn’t ever happen again,” she said.
A spokesperson for the school district says he is not allowed to comment on specific instances.
He says students’ safety is a top priority and they haven’t found any evidence that any bus driver forced students off a bus.
At this point, it is unclear if that bus driver is still on that route.