‘I immediately went into mommy panic mode.’: School bus drops 5-year-old twins at empty house

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- A mother of four is calling herself lucky Friday night, following an after-school scare.

"People lose their children all the time, people get kidnapped, raped anything," said Marchetta Pruitt. "That devastates me especially in a new area we don't know."

Her kids were supposed to go into Telstar Elementary's after-school program Friday, but instead, teachers sent them home on the bus. No one was home at the time, and the five-year-old twins were left alone on the front porch.

Neighbors heard the children crying and took the kids in, leaving a note on the door for the parents they had never met.

But it was more than an hour before their aunt, Tiana Hill, came by the house to get her phone charger.

"I immediately went into mommy panic mode, like I gotta get my babies," she said.

She called her sister to tell her the news, realizing the twins' older sibling was not with them.

"There's only two kids when there's supposed to be three children so automatically saying there's two children and we're missing one?" said Pruitt, remembering the phone call. "[I] panic[ked] because they all should have been together as siblings."

It turns out the sibling had stayed at the after-school program. Pruitt and Hill say the twins told their teacher they were not supposed to leave.

"I had to get to the bottom of why did this happen?" Hill said. "How did you let this happen to them?"

The Oklahoma City school district said it made a mistake Friday afternoon.

A spokesman tells NewsChannel 4 the twins' regular teacher had to leave early for a family emergency and a fill-in instructor didn't know the children's schedule.

"First and foremost we apologize to the parents," said Mark Myers, Oklahoma City Schools spokesman.  "We're doing a full investigation so that it doesn't happen again."

Pruitt says an apology is a good start, but she hopes the district takes a thorough look at its procedures.

"I know there's a lot of children, but when you have a school, you're responsible for everybody," she said. "The last thing I would want is for another parent to go through the same thing and lose their children."

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