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Marana kindergartner dropped off at wrong school bus stop

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Marana Unified School District is looking into what went wrong after a 5-year-old girl was dropped off at the wrong bus stop.

It happened on the first day of school this week in Gladden Farms, northwest of Tucson, in Marana. The kindergartner, Emma, was dropped off about a 1/3 of a mile away from her designated bus stop.

Emma’s mom, Holly Baker, said it’s a horrible experience she hopes no other parent or child ever has to experience. Talking with Baker on Wednesday, she is happy to see her daughter smiling again after seeing her crying and scared on Monday.

“I was going crazy. I was panicking and thinking the worst had happened to her. When I first found out she wasn’t on the bus, my first thought was maybe she didn’t get on,” Baker said.

Another parent found Emma in another neighborhood after she called the school to try to locate her daughter.

Marana Unified School District spokesperson, Tamara Crawley, said the district started looking into the matter as soon as they heard about it.

“What we identified here was that the kindergartner was not identified as a kindergartner,” Crawley said Wednesday.

District transportation school officials showed us surveillance video that was on board the school bus.

“The child did not enter with the other kindergartner students, we didn’t see the tag and she proceeded to the back of the bus,” Crawley explained while showing us the surveillance video.

However, Emma’s mom said there should have been someone making sure Emma got on the right bus and sat her in the proper area.

“As far as I know, the teacher is supposed to walk her to the bus, the driver has a sign-in sheet and then marks off that they have to be met by somebody,” according to Baker.

The school and the district have made efforts to comfort the kindergartner. When the school principal found out what happened, she rode with Emma the next day to make sure she felt comfortable to ride the school bus again.

Emma’s mom is grateful, but hopes the district makes sure this never happens to another child again.

School district officials said they are talking with all staff involved to see how the mix-up happened and will look into additional training or procedure changes if needed.

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