CABAZON (CBSLA.com) — A mother said her two young sons were found wandering the streets alone after their school accidentally dropped them off at the wrong stop Tuesday.
Tara Brown said she panicked when she arrived at the bus stop and learned her two sons, Michael and Brenton, were not on the bus.
“That was probably my worst fear about them riding the bus, was of them getting taken and dropped off somewhere where they weren’t supposed to be,” said Brown.
The driver reportedly did not know where they were and told their mother she did not remember them getting on the bus.
“She goes, ‘I don’t have them on my bus’,” Brown said.
The two boys, ages four and five, apparently got on the bus at Hoffer Elementary School in Banning and were supposed to ride the five-and-a-half miles to Cabazon. Though the boys were wearing stickers to indicate their drop off spot, they went unnoticed when exiting the bus with a group of other students.
As Brown frantically made calls and drove back toward the school, someone found the boys and called 911.
“I literally had to pull over on the dirt and stop, and I just started crying,” she said.
According to Brown, the two were wandering for at least 30 minutes alone before they were found.
The school’s superintendent said the bus driver in question, who reportedly has six years of experience with the district, will be off the road pending an investigation. The bus drivers reportedly plan to meet Wednesday to review policies and procedures.