Mother wants answers after school bus drops kids off several hours late

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Angered by how late her children are dropped off by the school bus, one mom in Marlboro County reached out to WMBF News for answers.

Jennifer Hill says for several weeks, her 4-year-old and 6-year-old sons have been getting dropped off the school bus one to two hours late, and nobody is notifying her. So, she is left wondering where her children are and if they are safe.

Hill says she doesn't get any answers when she calls for help.

"Every time I call up to the busses they either don't answer or they tell me that the bus is running late or they had to drop other kids off before they picked up my kids. And so my kids are sitting at school for an hour and a half and they don't let us know so we can't go pick them up," Hill said.

Hill said the boys were taken to a high school one time so the busses could switch drivers, but she was never alerted of this change. Last year a bus driver dropped her son off at the wrong house, so she's especially sensitive to any changes, and wants to be notified, Hill said.

"Now when he's late I get anxious and paranoid and I start driving the streets thinking maybe he got dropped off somewhere else again."

Hill said if she was notified prior to the change, she would not have a problem with her kids getting dropped off later than the scheduled plan.

WMBF News reached out to the Marlboro County School District about their school bus policies. Here's what they had to say:

Per your request for information from the Marlboro County School District, please know that this is an isolated incident that occurred on December 12th when the regular driver suddenly took ill and was unable to drive. This situation was unavoidable. Occasionally we have to double up routes. In an effort to insure student safety and welfare the administration of the school thought it best to retain the students on campus until a substitute driver could complete their first route and return for the students in question.

Hill said her children will not be riding the school busses anymore.

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