LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Fayette County mother says that her daughter's first day of school Wednesday ended in confusion and fear when her daughter was not dropped off at the correct bus stop.
Ariana Brown tells LEX 18's Eleanor Buckley that she found her nine-year-old daughter miles away from home instead of at the bus stop she was supposed to be dropped off at.
"I felt so bad, like as a mom, I don't like not being in control of things, so I felt really bad, like I was super relieved, but I just felt so bad that she had to go through that for such a long period of time," said Brown.
Brown says she was waiting for her child at the assigned bus stop near Constantine Avenue and Scottish Trace, but her daughter never got off the bus, sending the mother into a panic. Brown said that she confronted the bus monitor and the bus driver, who told her that her daughter never got on the bus.
The worried mother called the school, who gave her a list of possible bus stops where her daughter may be, but she wasn't at any of them.
Brown began to drive down random streets until she found her daughter.
"She's my only one, that's my whole heart," she told LEX 18. "I just don't feel like they care about the well-being, no one has called to check on her, to see if she's okay, and everyone was really nonchalant about it, and I just feel like that's a really huge deal that a nine-year-old is not where she is supposed to be, and I'm supposed to trust the system during the day to watch my kid until I pick her up, and it just didn't seem like it was a big deal for everybody so, riding the bus is just not, not going to be an option for us, anymore."
LEX 18 reached out to Fayette County Public Schools regarding the incident, but have not heard back.