Mom upset that bus driver let 5-year-old daughter walk home from accident scene

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The mother of a 5-year-old is outraged after her daughter's bus driver let students to walk home after the bus was involved in an accident. A stranger ended up walking the child home that day.

“She could have got hit by a car, they could have went down an alley, anything could have happened,” said parent Evelyn Gatewood.

Gatewood said her daughter, a kindergartner at Shenandoah Elementary, was half-an-hour late getting home from school Tuesday after her daughter's school bus had an accident.

“The driver allowed them to leave the incident and walk home, not realizing the home is five blocks away with a person the 5-year-old was not related to,” she said.

As a parent, Gatewood said she was shocked to find out her daughter, who normally is dropped off and picked up at Osage and Arkansas, showed up at the bus stop with a stranger on foot.

“There were no procedures followed, no one contacted us regarding this. They dropped the ball,” she said.

According to the St. Louis Public Schools bus rules, the responsibility of the bus driver is to, “ensure that preschool and kindergarten students are met at the afternoon bus stop by a parent and or guardian.”

A spokesperson for First Student Bus Services, which provides busing for the SLPS, said the driver did not follow through on his part and that the incident was under review.

The bus driver has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. First Student will decide if the bus driver will be put on probation or fired.