5-year-old dropped off at wrong bus stop – WSVN
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — The mother of a 5-year-old girl is preparing to file a lawsuit against a South Florida school district after, she says, her daughter was dropped off at the wrong bus stop.
Shakira McDade is a student at Croissant Park Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale. Last Thursday, the 5-year-old boarded her school bus after the school day had ended. Shakira’s mother, Nyketta Harvard, said she was told that she had to be present at the bus stop or Shakira would not be allowed to get off the bus.
However, Shakira was dropped off at the wrong bus stop, where she was left all alone in the rain. “They specifically told me that if I’m not at the stop, they’ll take her back to the school, which did not happen,” said Harvard. “They left my baby on the side of the road like she was trash.”
Attorney Robert Pascal said, “[Shakira] told me that the driver had asked her to get off of the bus at the stop.”
“I went on the bus. I got off the bus,” said Shakira, who mentioned that she began to cry after she was left by herself.
Meanwhile, Harvard said, she waited for her daughter at her correct bus stop at Southwest 11th Street and 18th Avenue. Shakira never got off the bus. Harvard said, “I was helpless because there is too much stuff going on for you to leave a 5-year-old on the side of the road. I was thinking a lot of things. It’s traumatizing.”
Another bus driver saw Shakira by herself, asked if she was lost, then took the child back to Croissant Park Elementary.
According to Harvard, Shakira no longer wants to ride the school bus. “Shakira had a nightmare Saturday. She doesn’t want to get on the bus. She wants me to pick her up from school because she said the monsters are going to get her from the side of the road,” said Harvard.
Harvard said she has contacted school and district officials about the matter. “I called the school, I’ve called transportation. They are playing the blame game right now,” she said. “This is going back and forth.”
Now, Harvard is preparing to file suit against the Broward County School District. “I think it’s important for us to find out why this mix-up happened, how it occurred, so that steps can be taken to make sure that no 5-year-old is ever left alone on the side of the road in tears again,” said Attorney Cam Justice. “No matter what, you don’t leave a 5-year-old unattended on the side of the road.”
The Broward County School Board has not yet commented on the matter.
Attorneys are demanding that a full investigation be conducted on the incident.
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