Chesapeake parents angry that bus driver forgot to drop off their children

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 7:47 PM

CHESAPEAKE- Two Chesapeake mothers are upset that their elementary school students weren't dropped off at the bus stop after school and that it took more than an hour to locate them.

Kelly Gottberg and Kendra Turner say the Deep Creek Elementary School bus let children out at the stop before hers and then kept going on Tuesday afternoon.

Chesapeake Police were called by Ms. Gottberg, who reported her child as missing, authorities said.

"The officer advised it was a substitute bus driver. He missed the stop for 2 children. When he realized it, he re-routed and dropped the kids off at their stop." said police spokeswoman Kelly O'Sullivan.

Chesapeake Schools say the incident is under investigation and officials wouldn't give information on the driver's status or where the bus had been during the time.

The moms also are furious they aren't being allowed to watch the part of the bus-board video where their children are riding around with a stranger.

"He's a 76-year-old man who couldn't remember where he was and riding around with my daughter who was crying and now has awful nightmares. I want to see what he was doing while in that bus and what my kid was doing. It's my right as her mother," Gottberg said.

Chesapeake Schools told 13News the video is considered personal and not FOIA-able because of the privacy issues of the children."

Gottberg and Turner are now carpooling to make sure their children get to and from school safely.

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