Mother Furious After 5-Year-Old Dropped Off At Wrong Bus Stop
by Kim Gebbia
ANTIOCH, Tenn. - A five-year old child walked off her school bus miles from home and right near a nearly abandoned shopping mall. The girl's mother didn't find out about until almost 24 hours later.
Karen Chn told NewsChannel 5 she trusted them to take the kindergartner to and from school safely, but she said Monday it's clear that didn't happen.
Jiyana Chn was dropped off at the wrong bus stop on Monday afternoon. She was left at the Hickory Highland Apartment Complex, right next to Hickory Hollow Mall. That was several miles from her Mission Apartment Complex where a loved one was waiting for her.
"She could have been anywhere. She could have been snatched up; I don't know what could have happened to my child," said Chn.
While Jiyana's father was informed Monday afternoon about what happened, her mother wasn't told until Tuesday.
"It scares the heck out of me because I mean, she's five," she said.
Luckily, another mother spotted Jiyana by herself when she got off the bus and took her to the apartment complex office. They called police who took her back to her Antioch Elementary School.
"When I got off the wrong stop I was really scared, because there was nobody there," said Jiyana.
School officials finally located Jiyana's dad, but it has other parents wondering if Metro could do better for its youngest riders.
"It is hard to wonder where your five-year-old is if you trust somebody to take them back and forth to school," said one mother.
There is a color system to make sure kids get on the right bus. They have a colored tag attached to their backpack so teachers and bus drivers can make sure they don't get on the wrong bus. But there's nothing to ensure they get off at the right stop.
NewsChannel 5 reached out to Metro Schools about what should have happened in this situation, including why Jiyana's mother was not informed about the incident. We did try to ask the bus driver himself a few questions, but he had no comment.
There are bus monitors on many Metro school buses, but there was no confirmation whether there was one on Jiyana's bus on Monday.
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