School children let off at wrong bus stop angers parents

A group of parents in Wichita Falls are upset because they say the school bus driver kicked their kids off at the wrong bus stop and abandoned them.  They've already filed a police report and say they may sue the bus company.

The incident happened Monday when the driver came to an intersection at Lombard and Wendover and told the kids to get off.  This scared some of the other children and they followed the others.  The parents say it wasn't the correct stop and the kids had no idea where they were.  Luckily, some 5th and 6th graders, who were also on the bus, realized something was wrong.

It took some of the children an hour and a half to finally make it home.  Parents said that they don't know what would have happened if it hadn't been for the older children escorting the younger ones home.  Mother of three Vanessa Urrea says she never thought something like this would happen on the first day of school.  "I was in such shock and denial that something like this could happen.  It took me a while, it took a couple of hours to understand what was going on," she said.

Another upset parent, Misti Wirth says this isn't the first time she's had a problem with the school bus system.  She says her ten year old daughter has ridden the school bus for the past four years; and, as soon as she heard the news, she came rushing home.  "I was terrified," she said.

The Wichita Falls Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Dawson Orr says Durham Transportation System is a private company that the school contracts services from.  He says there was a camera on the bus and the video tape has been turned over to Wichita Falls Police where detectives will investigate the incident.

Urea says she spoke to management at the bus company.  "The bus barn is acknowledging they made a mistake with the bus driver and the video tape confirms that," she told 7News.  Parents are thankful that every child who was stuck and abandoned at the stop made it home that afternoon.  There are so many things that could have gone wrong, the parents say.

The Wichita Falls Police Department confirmed that a report was made Monday evening and detectives are investigating.  A spokesperson for the company that provides the bus drivers says that this particular driver has been placed on administrative leave while the case is still being investigated.