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Mom Says Bus Driver Left Kids Miles Away From Home

CPS spokesperson confirmed mistake, said officials working with Caravan Transportation to prevent future occurrence

By Michelle Relerford
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:45 PM CDT
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Children, ages 11 and 6, stranded for hours in strange neighborhood.

Children, ages 11 and 6, stranded for hours in strange neighborhood.

A Chicago mother wants answers as to why her two young children were dropped off at the wrong bus stop and left stranded for nearly two hours last week.

Yaney Perez's two children last Wednesday were supposed to be dropped off at Galapagos Elementary Charter School, on the 3800 block of West Iowa Street, which is near their home. Instead, the school bus driver let 11-year-old Isabel and her 5-year-old brother, Victor, two miles away, at the West Park Academy of Fine Arts.

When Perez called their school when they didn't show up at the designated spot, she says she got few answers. And that's when panic set in.

"I was so scared," Perez recalled through tears Tuesday afternoon. 

Young Isabel had a cell phone and was able to call her mom to let her know where they were, but Perez doesn't own a car. The mother said she was able to convince a stranger to give her a ride to her children.

Perez said she's gotten no explanation from district officials as to why they mix-up occurred but wants other parents to know about it.

A Chicago Public Schools spokesperson confirmed the mistake and said the district is working with the bus company, Caravan Transportation, to make sure it doesn't happen again. 

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