UPLAND (CBSLA.com) — Parents are claiming that a school bus driver took their kids to the wrong place Tuesday morning and even jumped curbs.
School officials, however, said they are unable to substantiate all the parents’ allegations.
It’s being described as the school bus ride from jell, when a bus driver allegedly made a wrong turn Tuesday morning.
“The bus driver is telling everybody to shut up when they told him he has was at the wrong school,” said Dorothy West, a grandmother.
West and Karen Lopez say their grandchildren were supposed to be dropped off at Citrus Elementary School in Upland, but the driver stopped at Hawthorne Elementary school less than a mile away.
“They actually thought they were getting kidnapped. My nephew freaked out, jumped the seat and opened the emergency doors so the kids could get out at the school he took them, too,” says Lopez.
Another parent, who didn’t want to be identified, said the driver also made an unsafe U-turn, causing neck injuries to several students.
“He was backing up, jumping the curb and hitting people’s hedges and going forward then backing up trying to make a U-turn and every time he braked, the kids flew forward,” said the parent.
A spokesperson with the Upland School District wasn’t available for a on-camera interview but said officials reviewed security tape on board the bus and the bus GPS.
They confirm the bus went to the wrong school and turned around, arriving two minutes late. Other claims made by parents couldn’t be substantiated.
The driver, who is employed by an outside agency, will no longer be used by the district.
Parents have consulted with an attorney and say they want to see the video from the bus for themselves.