FWCS Bus Drops Off 1st Grader at Wrong Stop Across Town

Published 03/28 2014 06:40PM

Updated 03/31 2014 10:03AM

Jeffery Balsers is searching for answers from Fort Wayne Community Schools after four incidents where he says his daughter Aleigha was taken to the wrong place after school. 

"I went to pick her up, and they're like, 'Um, hold on a second.' We sit there for them to come back and say, 'Um, we don't know where your kid is.' So I'm flipping out saying, 'What do you mean you don't know where my kid is?'" said Balsers. "The very first time it happened is last year when she was in kindergarten going to Waynedale Elementary. They literally put her in somebody elses car. So we transferred her right away to Maplewood."

Three months ago, Balser says his daughter was dropped off at their old apartment, two weeks after they moved out. A month ago he says she was dropped off at her grandmother's house.

"I told them that I was not supposed to be there and they didn't listen to me," said Aleigha.

On Wednesday, Jeffery says Aliegha was dropped off on the opposite side of town near Oxford and Lilly Streets. Luckily, she memorized her dad's phone number and called from a friends house.

"It was a substitute, I think she kind of made me go off at the wrong stop," said Aleigha.

Fort Wayne Community Schools issued a statement Friday saying -
"FWCS transports more than 20,000 students on school buses each day. Student safety is our top priority, and our bus drivers take great care in making sure students are on the right bus and dropped off at the right locations. We also rely on parents to keep us up-to-date on the transportation needs to their children and to maintain consistency in transportation plans as much as possible."

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