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A four-year-old girl named LadyOurLove McInnis, was traumatized when her schoolbus driver dropped her off miles away from her home at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. McInnis’ mother, LadyAshley Myers, is calling for the termination of the schoolbus driver.
“My daughter has not slept in the bed with me since she was 2 years old. Last night, she slept in a bed with me because she was so upset,” Myers told a local news station. School officials have reprimanded the driver and mandated that he undergoes further training so that the situation does not happen again. The school district’s communications director Rachel Hicks said that drivers are still familiarizing themselves with the new students.
Four-year-old McInnis’ bus ID tag- the primary source of information for a child’s drop off location- had fallen off in the parking lot of the school. After discovering the child’s bus ID tag was missing, the driver didn’t call the central office nor did he call the school to verify the child’s home. Instead, he dropped her off at his final stop, a homeless shelter named Mary’s Place.
A staff member at the homeless shelter called the school’s district office, notifying them that a child that doesn’t live there had been dropped off. School district officials wanted to place the girl in a taxi to be sent home, but Myers refused. McInnis, traumatized by the bus driver’s decision, told her mom she no longer wanted to go to school. Myers assured her daughter that she doesn’t have to worry. “Mommy will be there to drop you off and I’ll be there to pick you up,” she told McInnis.
Similar situations have occurred this year in California and Utah.