A four-year-old girl was dropped off at a homeless shelter miles from her home by a bus driver on her first day at preschool. LadyOurlove McInnis was left stranded at Mary’s Place in Minneapolis, Minnesota after her address tag came detached from her backpack and the driver failed to check where to leave her. The girl’s mother, LadyAshley Myers, called a school district office to ask why her daughter had not been dropped off on Wednesday – and an official said she did not know where the youngster was. When a staff member at the homeless shelter, which is the last stop on the bus route, called the district office to report the extra child, officials contacted Myers. ‘They told me that they wanted to put her in a taxi cab and send her home,’ Myers told KARE11.com. ‘I told her, “You’re not going to put my four-year-old in a taxi cab!” Instead, she went to collect the child from officials and complained that, even though her daughter was screaming out for her mother, they did not initially hand her over. Myers, who has called for the driver’s termination, told the station that while her daughter enjoyed her first day at Bryn Mawr Elementary, she is still traumatized by the incident. My daughter has not slept in the bed with me since she was two years old,’ she said.
Last night, she slept in a bed with me because she was so upset. ‘She didn’t want to school today, but I told her it’s okay to go to school. Mommy will be there to drop you off and I’ll be there to pick you up.’ LadyOurlove’s district bus ID tag was later found in the school’s parking lot. Her mother said she had pinned a homemade ID card to the girl with emergency phone numbers, but that was also missing. Drivers are supposed to call the district’s office if they are uncertain where to leave a child, yet in this case it was Mary’s Place that raised the alarm, a spokesperson for the district told KARE. It’s unfortunate that this happened, but we are thankful that the student was safe and supervised during the entirety of the incident,’ Rachel Hicks said. The driver has been reprimanded and will be re-trained to prevent the incident happening again. Hicks added that the district has 267 different bus routes and the drivers have not yet familiarised themselves with the new students.