Differing Stories On Bus Controversy

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

(Topeka, KS)--A parent is at odds with the Shawnee Heights school district over whether or not a bus driver dropped off her son -- without anyone home.

The district says the 5-year-old boy went inside -- the mother says he was locked out.

the child's grandfather was late getting off work -- leaving no one at home when the boy got home. there are two versions of what happened next.

"He told me he got dropped off the bus, walked up through the gate by himself, walked up to the porch, checked the lock and started to panic," said Amanda Lingenfilter, the boy's mother.

"In this particular situation, the driver stopped, let the child off the bus, watched the child go into the home, the child was secure," said USD 450 Superintendent Marty Stessman.

Regardless of which side is accurate, it is a good idea for parents to have a backup plan in place if they can't make it home on time. Parents are supposed to let the school know, and the bus driver will take the child back to the school.

The school says the family signed off at enrollment that someone would be home after school when the boy is dropped off.

Click the video to hear more comments from both sides.

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