A mother is speaking out after her 5-year-old didn't show up at his bus stop after school. Nearly an hour later, he was found sleeping on the bus.
The 5-year-old just started Kindergarten at the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies on Seymour Ave.
First Student provides transportation for Cincinnati Public Schools. Chris Kemper, a spokesperson for the company, said that he is not sure how the student was overlooked, but they are now taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Dionntae was full of energy after school on Monday, but the first few days have been a bit rocky after his mother Arian McFinley said he didn't make it home on time Friday after school.
"My husband noticed that our son didn't get dropped off yet and all the other kids had," said McFinley.
She said the bus is supposed to arrive at 4:31 p.m. Her husband waited until 5:13 p.m., and that's when they knew there was a problem. She called the bus dispatch and eventually found out that her son was still on the bus sleeping.
"When you were going down your check list how did you miss his name. How did you miss his whole stop completely, so I was panicking like I called the dispatcher crying I just didn't understand," she said.
Kemper said that the 5-year-old was noticed at the end of the bus route and that he was never left alone.
"I'm not sure how it happened but it did come to our attention within the hour and we got the child back to the appropriate stop," he said.
Kemper said the new school year is an adjustment for everyone, but McFinley said it will take a while for her to bounce back from it.
"I have to drop him off and make sure I'm able to pick him up just because I don't know if this happens next time he might not make it home," she said.
The new adjustment has caused her to lose her job, she said. It's a sacrifice she's willing to make.
"My son is way more important than a job and so is his education," said McFinley.
She just hopes First Student makes changes quickly to ensure the mishap doesn't happen to another parent.
"This is an urgent matter. She's still out here driving routes you don't know if this has been a continuous thing of her mistakes," said McFinley.
Kemper said that they will retrain the driver to enforce their safety policies and procedures to prevent the incident from happening again.
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