School puts child on wrong bus

A Pre-K student at a Beaumont elementary school was put on the wrong bus yesterday and dropped off several miles away from his home, in an unfamiliar apartment complex.

He was supposed to have been dropped off at the Northridge Manor Complex on Maida Road. But the 4-year-old ended up on a woman's porch instead -- at the Plymouth Village Apartments.

A teacher at BISD's Homer Drive Elementary thought the little Pre-K student was put on his correct bus. His mom tells 12News her son told his teacher he was getting on the wrong one.

He rode an unfamiliar bus anyways.

"The teachers need to do better. It's their job to make sure these little kids like this...It's their job to make sure these kids are placed on the right bus," said Tequila Morris, the elementary school student's mom.

It was little Javion's first experience riding the school bus. He expected to come home into his mother's arms. Instead, he sat on a lonely porch miles away.

That's because teachers placed him on the wrong school bus, while his mom waited for him.

"All the kids got off the bus, but my child was nowhere in sight," said Morris.

She called the school...staying on the line for about half an hour while they tried to locate him.

That's when an unknown man called her...saying Javion was with a relative at Plymouth Village Apartments who saw Javion's contact info on his tag.

"A stranger, called me to let me know what was going on with my child," said Morris. "I don't want to see that happen to any other family, so something needs to be done. I don't know if an example needs to be set, but this is going to stop with this child."

In response to this fiasco, the school district said:

"The safety and security of all students is important to BISD....Homer Drive Elementary and district leaders have met with the parent to answer questions and are committed to ensuring this situation is averted in the future. The school is improving its help ensure students are placed on the correct bus."

But Javion's mom isn't so sure.

When she spoke with Javion's teacher and the school's principal they apologized saying they had "messed up" and assured her no-one will go through this again.

"My child was lost. He was four. Anything could have happened to him. He doesn't even want to ride the bus at all anymore."

As to the process of transportation communication at schools...the only thing BISD told me is that it's determined by administrators at each individual campus.

If anyone will be disciplined...the district says they can't release that info just yet.


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