Kindergartner dropped at wrong bus stop on her first day of school
School district admits 'mistakes'
Last Updated: 109 days ago
FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. - A five-year-old kindergartner in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools was dropped off at the wrong school bus stop on her first day of school this week. She was also on the wrong bus.
The principal at Rocky Mountain Elementary School in Westminster confirmed that a mistake was made and that all teachers, drivers and staff were engaged in a discussion to ensure it doesn't happen again.
The little girl was ultimately picked up by a stranger -- a good Samaritan -- who looked in the little girl's backpack, found a phone number and called the school.
"She was very excited for her first day of school," said five-year-old Amina's mom, Margie Elder.
"But when I went to the bus stop to pick her up after school, the driver said she wasn't on the bus," said the distraught mother, who teared during an interview with 7NEWS. "So they called through the radio (and) they said, 'We don't have an Amina on the bus. There's no Amina.' The driver said, 'She's not on this bus.' And I said, 'OK, where is she?' And he said, 'We don't know.'"
The school isn't entirely sure where the breakdown happened. Like all the kindergartners, Amina had a color-coded bracelet on her wrist and her bus number, 38, was clearly written on the back of her hand.
Yet somehow, the school says Amina got in the wrong line and on the wrong bus.
The principal of the school said it was a 'slip up' and an 'anomaly' that he has never encountered in his 18 years as a principal.
Elder said the way the bus driver treated the situation, didn't help matters.
"She told people I overreacted. I don't think so. I don't think so. Not in this situation. Not a 5-year-old being missing," Elder said. "The school apologized, but that doesn't really cut it. I'm sorry. Are you going to tell me 'I'm sorry' when I have to hear something bad happened to my daughter? I don't want sorry. I want answers."
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