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Parents fuming after girl, 6, dropped off at wrong bus stop

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Erin Erdman is demanding answers from the Liberty School District after her kindergarten-aged child was dropped off at the wrong stop, left terrified on a sidewalk almost a mile away from her home. Erin Erdman is demanding answers from the Liberty School District after her kindergarten-aged child was dropped off at the wrong stop, left terrified on a sidewalk almost a mile away from her home.
It all happened on the first day of summer school. It was also the first time 6-year-old Maeve McMurtrey was taking the bus for school. It all happened on the first day of summer school. It was also the first time 6-year-old Maeve McMurtrey was taking the bus for school.
LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -

It was a moment of major panic for some Northland parents when their little girl didn't return home school on the bus.

Erin Erdman is demanding answers from the Liberty School District after her kindergarten-aged child was dropped off at the wrong stop, left terrified on a sidewalk almost a mile away from her home.

"When she is in the school district's care, it is their job to take care of her," Erdman said.

It all happened on the first day of summer school. It was also the first time 6-year-old Maeve McMurtrey was taking the bus for school.

Erdman said her daughter was supposed to be dropped off across from Franklin Elementary School, located only a couple of blocks from her home. The school is at 201 W. Mill St.

But when her daughter didn't get off at the correct stop, Erdman called the school district several times to find out where her daughter was. She also sent her husband out to look for their daughter.

"There was a period of time there where I was terrified I would never see her again. I didn't know where she was. I didn't know if somebody with bad intentions came to pick her up," Erdman said.

Twenty minutes later, her husband found her daughter terrified but OK. Other parents were comforting and protecting the scared child.

"My daughter is terrified to ride down any of these roads to and from school and where she was dropped off. She won't leave my side. She's absolutely terrified still," the girl's mother said.

Erdman said the school district apologized for the mistake. However, she says that is not enough, especially since she says this has happened to at least two other students in the district.

Erdman wants changes in policy put into effect immediately before any more children go through what her child had to last week.

She suggests having students wear a badge with their bus and stop number on it.

"I think that their policy is not keeping students safe," she said.

Click here for more information from the Liberty Parents Action Network.

"I would like to see the entire district show some concern about the safety of our kids. I would like to see me be informed on whether the driver has even been spoken to," she said.

In response, a school district representative said, "Liberty Public Schools works to ensure that our students are transported safely to and from school. The incident that occurred last week is currently being reviewed to make certain appropriate procedures are in place to deliver our students to the proper drop-off locations."

The district said they are constantly reviewing their policies to make sure all their students are safe.

However, Erdman says she will never let her daughter ride a Liberty bus again until policies change.

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