ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A 7-year-old left in the wrong neighborhood, other kids told to sit on the floor of the bus or get out. It has parents of Albuquerque Public School children, furious, pointing the finger at the district and the bus companies it hires.
For 45 minutes last Thursday Cara Hild says neither she nor APS officials knew where her daughter was.
She was supposed to ride the bus home from Seven Bar Loop Elementary, but when it showed up her daughter wasn’t on it.
So she called the school.
“They called me back and said they did locate her and she was on her way back to the school,” Hild said.
But she wasn’t. Hild says, school officials told her they had put her daughter on the wrong bus.
So her husband went to the school to pick her up when the bus returned, more than half an hour later.
But the girl wasn’t there either.
Hild says as she was talking to APS police on the phone again when her frightened second grader appeared at home.
“And I asked APS police do you even know where she’s at and they said yes ma’am she’s on her way to the school,” Hild said. “I said no you don’t because she just ran up my driveway.”
Hild’s daughter says the bus driver ordered her off at a stop outside their neighborhood.
APS told News 13 over the phone the second-grader had a fill-in driver that day. While a bus did bring a girl back to school that afternoon, it was a different bus, and a different girl.
“She will never ride a bus again, she’s too traumatized and she doesn’t trust the people she’s supposed to trust,” Hild said.
That’s only one bus issue that APS is looking into. A district official says there’s a bus driver shortage.
Rosa Maria and her sister go to Wilson Middle School. They say they either had to sit on the floor or wait at the school for nearly an hour for the next bus. Another parent told News 13 the same thing happened at Tierra Antigua Elementary.
An APS official looked into the Wilson Middle Situation and told News 13, Beal Bus Company only has enough drivers for three routes to and from that school when it needs five.
The district says it’s working on resolving problems but it can take up to 30 days for new bus drivers to get certified to drive for APS.