Bus driver allegedly dropped off students at wrong location
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A group of middle school students are speaking out after, they said, a bus driver dropped them off at a gas station in Deerfield Beach after school.
Sixth grader Priscilla Colon was devastated at the end of her first day of middle school on Monday. "That's not right to do that to kids," she said with tears in he eyes.
The 11-year-old, her 12-year-old friend Kayla Vogel and her brother John were among a group of Forest Glen Middle School students that were dropped off after school at a BP gas station in Deerfield Beach, east of Interstate 95. That was seven miles from their Coral Springs neighborhood, located west of I-95. "It was so scary. We didn't know where we were," said Colon.
The kids said, once they realized the bus driver was going the wrong way, they immediately called their parents. "One of the girls had called her dad on my phone, and he asked if we can put on the bus driver on the phone. The bus driver said, 'No, I'm not talking on the phone. I'm not talking on the phone,' and he wouldn't talk to the parent," said Vogel.
"He stopped and told us all to get off the bus, so we all just got off the bus cause he was yelling and ..." said Colon.
Priscilla's father, Daniel said, "I asked my daughter, 'Where are you?' she told me she didn't know where she was at. At that moment I lost my mind."
The group of kids looked around and stayed close to North Broward Hospital. Priscilla's father immediately got in his car and picked up the group. "I want to see that guy fired," said Daniel.
"How do you even hire this person? And how do you drop a bunch of kids in the middle of a place that they don't even know?" said parent Amanda Jaret.
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie boarded a Broward school bus Monday morning following the chaos of last year where the bus system transporting almost 80,000 kids was left in total disarray for weeks.
"I have a daughter she could have been kidnapped. She could have been raped. Anything could have happened to them," said Daniel.
A representative from the school board released at statement Monday night, which read: "We are investigating this incident. Transportation Department representatives reached out to the parents/families of the students this evening. We apologize to the students and families impacted by this incident. The safety and security of our students is our highest priority."
The Broward School Board Transportation Department is conducting an investigation.
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