4J school bus mix-up has Eugene mom worried for son

In a statement, Kerry Delf, a spokeswoman for the 4J district said It is not acceptable for any student to be dropped off at the wrong stop, especially a kindergarten student, and such mistakes are rare.

Posted: Sep 7, 2018 6:41 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene mother is wondering how a school bus driver for the Eugene School District 4J let her 5-year-old son off at the wrong bus stop two days in a row.

“I was absolutely scared out of mind,” mother Brandy Diaz said. “I did not know where my son was or what could happen to him. He's 5 years old.”

Diaz said her son just started at Willagillespie Elementary School and is supposed to take the school bus to Kiddzone daycare after school.

On Wednesday Diaz said her son instead got off the bus early and walked two blocks to get home. Diaz said if it wasn't for her roommate’s son being at home, her 5-year-old would have been locked out.

Diaz said she spoke with school and district leaders and said on Thursday, school leaders put a sticker on her son’s shirt that had his bus number on it along with his bus stop, but Diaz said her son still managed to get off the bus early.

“I understand people make mistakes -- a one-off -- I can understand it even though it freaked me out, but twice, both days in a row, completely inexcusable,” Diaz said.

Paula Sheridan of Kiddzone daycare where Brandy's son is supposed to be dropped off said these incidents point to the bus driver needing more training.

“Letting a 5-year-old just get off the bus and not really knowing where they're stop is alarming,” Sheridan said.

In a statement, Kerry Delf, a spokeswoman for the 4J district, said it is not acceptable for any student to be dropped off at the wrong stop, especially a kindergarten student, and such mistakes are rare.

“We take this extremely seriously and share the parent's concerns about what occurred,” Delf said. “The 4J Transportation Department has apologized to the parent, investigated how this happened, and put measures in place to make sure that it will not happen again.”

Diaz said her son was able to make it to daycare on Friday.

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