Student dropped off late, mom wants answers

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A mother wants answers after a bus was more than an hour and a half late dropping off her child.

Diane King's daughter is a first grader at the St. Louis Language Immersion School. She gets off the bus every day near Penrose and Marcus at 4:15 p.m.

"I arrived at the bus stop at 4:08, which is early but I knew that," King says.

On Tuesday, 4:15 p.m. came and went, but there was no sign of the little girl. A bus finally dropped her off at home around quarter to six.

"It was excruciating. Just super frustrated," she said.

King tells us she called Durham Bus Services at 4:30 p.m. to find out where she was. She was told the bus had already been to the stop.

"Then they called the bus driver and he said no one got off the bus. When I heard him say that, I just went into panic mode because she's six," she said.

She says she saw a bus stop down the street and saw an older girl get off. We asked if it's possible her daughter was on that bus and didn't realize it was her stop.

"Certainly. She's six. That's not where she gets picked up from," King said.

The driver that day was a substitute.

"A substitute bus driver should know who they're picking up, where they're picking them up from, and where they should be dropped off at. They should be armed with that information," she said.

A Durham spokesperson says the bus's on board system shows it stopped at 4:13 p.m. and another employee told me no parent was there. However, King maintains she was there at that time.

We did conceal the girl's identity at her mother's request.


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