A mom in Union County is calling for change after she said her daughter was wrongly sent home on the bus and left alone outside her house without anyone there.
Jasmine Thompson, 6, is riding her scooter up the same street that caused her to panic after she was dropped off there with no one home. Her mom, Melissa Thompson, got the same feeling when she got to the school two hours later and found out her daughter wasn't there.
"I was told they had not seen her and didn't know where she was," she said.
Thompson immediately called the principal at Rocky River Elementary and her daughter's second-grade teacher hoping to get answers. The teacher told Thompson her daughter was sent home on the bus.
Thompson said her child hasn't ridden the bus home in two years and always stays on campus for after school. Thompson said the teacher could have checked with the office or even called her to ask if her daughter was supposed to be on the bus. She said she's just thankful a neighbor was kind enough to take her 6-year-old in.
Thompson said when Jasmine realized no one was home she ran two blocks through the development until she found a girl playing outside and asked her mom for help.
"They kept her for four and a half hours. They put a note on the door just to let me know that she was with them," Thompson said.
Thompson tried to file a report with police but couldn't because they told her it wasn't a criminal matter.
The school released a statement reading, "There are protocols in place that should have prevented this from happening, and those protocols have been reviewed with all those involved in the incident.
"Appropriate disciplinary steps have been taken for those involved, and steps have been taken to make sure this does not happen again. We regret this incident. The safety and security of all UCPS students is the first priority."
Since the incident, Thompson has asked for her to daughter to be switched to a different class.