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Raleigh children dropped off at wrong bus stop

Posted August 11, 2011 6:48 p.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2011 7:04 p.m. EDT

— A bus driver for the Wake County Public School System is off the job while administrators look into a complaint that she dropped three young children from River Bend Elementary School in Raleigh off in the wrong neighborhood.

Renia and Henry Simon said their 6-year-old twins and 9-year-old son were not on the bus when the driver stopped in the Amber Field North subdivision Tuesday afternoon.

Renia Simon said the bus driver told her that she dropped them off in the Amber Field South subdivision, about a half-mile away.

Police were responding to the call when 9-year-old Andrew called his father to tell him they were at a family friend's house.

It was their first day on the school bus, their parents said.

"The kids are traumatized. They are pretty scared," Henry Simon, said. "They don't want to go to school in the mornings."

Wake schools spokesman Greg Thomas did not identify the driver is or give the status of her job but said that, usually in similar situations, an employee is put on administrative duty until the district can find out what happened.