Sumter, SC (WLTX) - For the third time in nearly a year a child in the Sumter School District was put on the wrong bus.
"Just waiting for her for one minute would have saved us so much hurt it could have saved this traumatic experience that my daughter had," said Victoria White.
Victoria White's daughter Kayleigh walked 1.6 miles away from home on Thursday after her teacher placed her on the wrong bus.
"Her usual bus driver will drop her off and she would wait until she sees me and then drives off, she does it as a courtesy but I didn't know it was courtesy I thought it was the policy."
White says on Thursdays Kayleigh rides takes the daycare bus but says her teacher gave her the wrong bus tag.
She had a substitute bus driver and was dropped off in from of her home.
"She started walking down the street to tell the bus driver that no one would open the door and she kept walking to try and find her daycare, a familiar place and ended up 1.6 miles down the road on a busy highway."
The girl was later found by a Thomas Sumter bus driver who called the police.
"Everything went through my mind all the what if's, what if someone hit her, just all the bad things you can think."
White wants the district to change their policy to make sure a parent is outside before leaving the bus stop.
"I really think there should be a hand to hand policy. I think that the parents should sign the child off the bus or show ID as they do in Richland One, or I think they should do as our wonderful bus driver does and makes sure that she sees me before she drives off."
A statement released by the district says in part:
"... Preschool students must be dropped off in the care of a parent or guardian on the midday route because they are the only students on that bus. This is not the protocol, however, for afternoon routes that include all students in grades preschool through five."
The Superintendent and principal addressed the personnel who were responsible for this incident, but White says until the policy is changed her child will no longer ride the bus to school.