LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Several parents were left waiting for hours after mix ups at schools sent their children to wrong bus stops or even left them behind altogether.
What started out as a great first day of school turned into a panic for Shoshana Campbell. “Three, 3:30, 4 … still no child and no bus,” Campbell said.
When her daughter still had not shown up, Campbell traveled to the child’s school, Central Charter School in Lauderdale Lakes. “Nobody knew about the whereabouts of my child,” she said. “I started crying at 6 o’clock, like I don’t know where my child is.”
Around 6:30 p.m., Campbell learned her daughter never got on a bus. Instead, she was in an aftercare program she was never supposed to be in. “Everybody was frightened because they didn’t know where I was,” Campbell’s daughter said. “I was like a missing kid.”
Campbell’s daughter wasn’t the only child to go missing from Center Charter School. Five-year-old Shinelle Isaac was gone for hours on Tuesday, after getting on the wrong bus and ending up at a nearby daycare. “No, she will not,” responded Isaac’s mother when asked if she will return to her school.
Another search went on for a 11-year-old boy with autism named Brandon after he left New River Middle in Fort Lauderdale on the wrong bus. “My biggest fear was that he was wandering the neighborhood — just out there alone,” said Brandon’s mother.
Fort Lauderdale Police found Brandon in Pompano Beach. The Broward County school district is investigating.
Central Charter School officials have not responded to calls from 7News or Ms. Campbell for an explanation. “I think they haven’t trained their workers to know how serious the responsibility is,” she said. “Get it together. They are just not ready.”
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