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Parent Says Bus Driver Brought Child Home Hours Late

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - A Madison County mother is outraged that her daughter came home late after her bus driver got lost taking her home.

Carmela Terrell said she began to panic and worry and thought her daughter was in danger. She called every agency she could think of including Jackson Police.

"I contacted the superintendent of the school buses, the people of the Alex program...nobody answered the number there wasn't an emergency contact/call after hours. It was really sickening my child is out here lost somewhere and I can't even call nobody," said Terrell.

According to the transportation supervisor for Jackson-Madison County Schools, the regular bus driver called in sick and was replaced with a substitute who was not familiar with the route. Terrel said she is more upset that no one notified her the school bus was going to be late.

Terrell's said her daughter made it home after 7:30 p.m., Wednesday night. She said she hopes this will never happen again to another parent.

"I'm hoping that other parents will step up and help take charge of the situation give us hope our children will safely make it home on time," said Terrell.
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