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PGCPS misplaces another child in bus transit, family frantic

Still0904_00000_1441339957644_157898_ver1.0Giggling and playing with her toy car, three-year-old Symphani Bracey is back home safe after being dropped off at a bus lot instead of her sitter’s house.

Giggling and playing with her toy car, three-year-old Symphani Bracey is back home safe.

But for two hours Thursday, her fearful family had no idea where she was.

“We were frantic for two hours,” said her grandmother Mary Bracey.

What should have been a routine bus ride home, turned into an after-school ordeal.

“She wasn’t here, ” said her grandfather Earl Bracey. “So I don’t know what to think, where she should be.”

“Very, very frightening,” Mary Bracey added. “My daughter called and said they couldn’t find her.”

Symphani, who has special needs and is asthmatic, attends an early childhood center in Bowie, Md.

A bus was supposed to drop her at a sitter’s house, near her Lanham home, around 12:30 Thursday.

But she never showed.

Her mother and other family members began making frantic calls.

“She called the bus depot to find out where she was,” Mary Bracey said. “They didn’t know, they said she didn’t get on the bus. She called the school, they said they put her on the bus.”

It turns out, the entire time, Symphani was on her bus.

“Basically the bus driver got lost and he couldn’t find her home,” said Sherrie Johnson, a Prince George’s County Schools Spokesperson. “He should have called in sooner to let someone know there was an issue.”

The Bracey’s say the driver instead took the rest of the youngsters on the bus to their homes before dropping off Symphani at a bus lot— not her school.

That action angers and upsets Earl Bracey.

“Whoever the driver was, he didn’t call back and say, ‘hey look, I’m lost,’ or something like that. Where do I go?”

School protocols say the driver, who has been repremanded, should have called in for help.

“I was thinking something had happened to her,” Mary Bracey said quietly. “They having an accident. We were scared.”

The Bracey’s say an assistant foreman, familiar with their neighborhood, brought the three-year-old girl home, after two tense hours.

Johnson notes that Symphani was always under adult supervision, and was never left alone.

The Prince George’s School District issued a statement, which says in part:

“We deeply regret the error and want to assure the school community we are taking measure to make sure our students continue to be transported in a safe and timely manner.”

Johnson says school principals are being told to review drop-off policies and procedures with their bus drivers.

The Bracey’s say they may drive Symphani to the center, at least for the next week or two.

“When they can’t find somebody, address it right there, don’t wait until the last minute,” Earl Bracey said. “I’m not happy the way it went down. I’m happy that she’s here.”

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Bus Driver Dropped 7-Year-Old Miles From Home, Mother Says


A mother in Prince George’s County says a bus driver dropped her 7-year-old son in the wrong neighborhood, miles away from home, and then refused to take him back to school. The boy is home safe tonight thanks to a good Samaritan. News4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015)

A mother in Prince George’s County says a bus driver dropped her 7-year-old son at the wrong stop miles from home and then refused to take him back to Barack Obama Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Takisha McAlpine’s 7-year-old son accidentally boarded the wrong bus on Tuesday and then was dropped nearly 4 miles from home even after the child told the driver he had made a mistake.

“He just stood there crying,” McAlpine said.

Luckily, a couple spotted the boy and texted McAlpine.

“All and all, though your son was crying and scared, he is very intelligent. I am so proud of him. He knew his parent’s information as well as his way home,” one text message said.

The child likely would have walked home on Old Marlboro Pike, a two-lane road without sidewalks.

McAlpine’s other son, who is just 5 years old, boarded the right bus but was dropped off alone — in violation of Prince George’s County Public Schools’ policy for a child so young.

Another good Samaritan, a neighbor, saw the younger boy and walked him home.

Both children made it home safely and the school district is investigating the situation.

A school transportation official told McAlpine that officials need to review video footage to see if the 7-year-old’s mouth was actually moving, telling the bus driver he doesn’t live there.

The bus driver could face disciplinary action if found at fault.

Via NBC4



Family Files $10M Lawsuit After 9-Year-Old Daughter Attacked on School Bus


A 9-year-old girl says she’s afraid to go back to school or ride the bus after she was attacked by a classmate as their bus left Highland Park Elementary School in Landover, Maryland.

Saraia Collins hasn’t returned to school since the beating May.

“She is scared to go back to school, and I’m not sure how it is that they compensate her for that,” attorney Brian McDaniel said. “She’s scared to have interaction with other students. I’m not sure how they compensate her for that.”

Wednesday, her family filed a $10 million lawsuit against Prince George’s County, the school system, the administration of her school and the bus driver.

“The bus driver continued to drive,” McDaniel said. “He did not stop. He did not make sure that Saraia was OK. In essence, he just allowed the attack to take place.”

Tierra Holland, Saraia’s mother, said the bullying was an ongoing issue previously reported to school administrators.

“It’s not about the money for us,” Holland said. “We are not suing for money. We’re worried about Prince George’s County Public Schools acknowledging bullying going on in her school.”

School and county officials said they could not comment on the pending litigation but said the driver is on leave.

Via NBC4