Family fears worst after IPS student, 6, arrives home 2 hours late

Girl was placed on wrong bus

INDIANAPOLIS - The family of a 6-year-old first grader at Indianapolis Public Schools said the girl was placed on the wrong bus home on Monday, and for two hours, they feared the worst.

Norman Curtis Jr., the girl's grandfather, said he started making calls to find her when she didn’t get off the bus as expected at 4:20 p.m.

"We figured they was all gonna be a little late. But when the bus got here and she didn't get off the bus, it was a total panic for me," said the girl’s mother, Jennifer Briggs.

Briggs, who is seven-months pregnant, started to fear the worst.

"It was the scariest thing to know did she get off at the wrong stop and somebody picked her up or you know, it was so many things a mother could think on," she said.

Curtis said he got the runaround from the school and IPS and was told three different stories of where his granddaughter was while he made calls for nearly two hours.

"You were in possession of her when she went missing, I don't care if you have every one of your buses pulled over by a cop, I want my granddaughter found now," Curtis said.

The family showed paperwork from IPS that had their correct address and bus number 9020. 

The family said IPS admitted that they put her on the wrong bus, number 9100.

Students are supposed to wear a wristband that indicates which bus they should take. Curtis said his granddaughter had the wrong wristband.

A spokesman for IPS said they regret what happened and have started an investigation into the incident.

"We will take the information that we have, we will review it, learn from the situation, try to understand what contributed to the situation and then work to ensure that it doesn't happen again,” spokesman John Althardt said.

IPS officials said if parents have any questions or concerns about transportation to call 226-4500.

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