7-year-old put on wrong APS bus; parents furious

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:18 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 10:09 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Staff at Seven Bar Elementary put a 7-year-old girl on the wrong bus home on the second day of school, then banned her angry stepfather from the school and filed a police report on him.

The girl is okay, but for a short time, her mom and stepfather were very worried because the district didn't know exactly where the girl was.

The girl's mother, Cara Hild, found her daughter running up the driveway crying that day.

The episode came after her daughter was dropped off at a random place in the neighborhood – after she was a no-show at her normal stop, and after Cara called Seven Bar Elementary in a panic to find out where her daughter was.

"Mind you, I don't even let my daughter play in the front yard by herself," Hild said.

The bus Hild's daughter usually rides, bus 1157, was in a fender bender on school property, according to the school. So the school put the girl on a substitute bus with a substitute driver.

In the middle of everything, the school insisted Hild's daughter was en route back to the school.

But when the girl's stepfather showed up at the school to pick her up, didn't find her, and then found out she was at home, he said he was furious and started screaming.

"They were saying that I was being irate as well; they were being hesitant to let me talk to anybody," Hild said. "The principal wouldn't talk to me at all."

Then the school filed the police report, alleging assault by the girl's stepfather, and banned the stepfather from the school.

"My daughter's absolutely traumatized," Hild said. "I'll never put her on another bus ever again. Ever again."

The district says multiple layers of miscommunication are to blame for this mess. They say the school was at one point thinking of a different little girl entirely.

Hild says no one from the district has called them back to talk about what happened.

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