OMAHA (KPTM)- Two sisters, a five–year–old and a nine–year old, were left at the wrong bus stop, causing them to walk a mile and a half to get home Tuesday night. The school district said it was a computer error that caused the bus driver to take the sisters to the wrong stop. However, their mother believes the driver should have taken them to their usual stop regardless.
"I'm so frustrated that this even happened because there's so many things that could have happened to my children," said mother, Amanda Huffman.
Five-year-old Jade and nine-year-old Hailey are both involved in an after school program. The program just started Tuesday and will run every Tuesday throughout the school year. A late-run bus picked up all students, including Jade and Hailey, but dropped them off sometime between 6:00-6:30pm at the wrong stop, forcing the sisters to walk across town alone.
The sisters said they were so scared that they ran all the way home, holding hands, so that they could keep each other as safe as possible. When they told Huffman what happened, they said she was in shock.
"She thought we could have got hurt or get lost," said Hailey.
"From what my daughter said she told the bus driver that that's not her bus stop and the bus driver still told them to get off," said Huffman.
The girls are usually dropped off near 11 and Kavan—that's where Hailey has been dropped off for the past two years. The stop is just on the corner of their home. Instead, they were dropped off in at 25th and J—a mile and a half away from home.
"They had to cross really busy, busy streets to get here," said Huffman.
Those busy streets Huffman are talking about include 24th street and 13th street.
Omaha Public Schools gave Huffman an apology—saying it was a computer glitch that assigned her daughters to the wrong drop–off.
"A computer glitch? What happens if one of my kids were hit by a car and killed? That's still going to be there response? A computer glitch?" said Huffman.
She believes miscommunication between the school and Student Transportation of America could have been the problem.
"Whatever they have to do they need to figure out a better system so this doesn't happen again," said Huffman.
Management of STA said it will speak to that particular driver about the situation. Management also said all drivers will get a reminder on how important it is to adjust accordingly so that all students get home safely.
The sisters' principal said he has spoken to STA management and will assure problems like this will no longer be an issue.
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