Father angry after kids, 5 and 6, dropped at wrong bus stop

School admits mistake

INDIANAPOLIS - An eastside father is demanding answers after his 5- and 6-year-old children were dropped off at the wrong bus stop after attending fall intercession at a charter school.

Rodney Kelley told Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney the bus driver left Dyemeir and Dyeasia, both kindergartners at Imagine East charter school, a quarter mile from their intended stop at East 38th Street and Long Wharf Drive.

Kelley said he was waiting for his children Monday when they didn’t show up.

"I'm standing here (wondering), 'Where's my kids?' I’m panicking," said Kelley.

The children were found running along the sidewalk on East 38th Street, a road with a considerable amount of traffic.

"The sidewalk is close to the street and you can see how busy it is," said Kelley. "One could have bumped the other one and fell in front of a car, or somebody could've snatched them up."

Kelley explained his children are not allowed outside without adult supervision.

"(A quarter mile) is far enough (for concern) when you've got kids that are as young as my kids," said Kelley.

Kelley also raised concerns about why the bus driver would leave the children without a parent present.

"They definitely will never ride the school bus again," said Kelley.

Imagine East Transportation Director Aaron Logan told Kenney the bus driver was driving a different route and had the wrong stop written down.

"Any time a student is dropped off at the wrong spot, it's a concern for the school," said Logan.

When asked whether the bus driver was disciplined, Logan said, "It's been taken care of."

RTV6 reached out to the bus company, Student Transit, but did not hear back.

Kelley said school leaders and the bus company need to do a better job of keeping children safe.

"When it comes to little kids, you've got to dot your I’s and cross your t’s," said Kelley. "Those mistakes can't be made."

 

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