JCPS student taken to wrong school, not brought home

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 17 at 8:26 AM

Louisville, KY -- It was a scary first day of school for parents of a local kindergartner. The Salls family says their 5-year-old son Damien was brought to the wrong school on his first day, but they say they only found out when he did not get off the bus that evening.

 

"I mean you think your kid is in school all day and you find out that he didn't get to the school that he was supposed to and wasn't on the bus coming home, that was pretty frightening," said Damien Salls, Sr., Damien's father. 

 

When Damien did not get off the bus, his parents went to the bus depot. They found out his bus drops off at two schools and that he had been dropped off at Byck Elementary instead of his school, Coleridge Taylor Elementary, roughly 10 blocks away. The parents say Damien was there from roughly 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

 

"If it would have been an hour or two and they had called us and said your son went to the wrong school and we are going to run him over to the right school so he can be in place I think that would have been more acceptable. You know even the mistake that the bus driver made is acceptable because it was the first day of school I'm pretty sure it was hectic, but the fact that he was at that school for almost 9 and a half hours and nobody said okay where does this little boy, where does he belong, he doesn't belong here," said Damien Salls, Sr. 

 

JCPS confirmed Damien was brought to the wrong school, and say he was supervised. They say there was difficulty determining who he was. 

 

The Salls say they did receive an apology call from someone at their son's correct school, but want a review of procedures to make sure this never happens again. 

 

"For not another mother to have to endure the anxiety, the hurt, the worriness of what I felt," said Cristal Salls.

 

"You send your children to school, you expect them to come home and you know, I think any parent that has got the news that somebody has said I don't know where your kid is, you shouldn't have to feel that. Ever. Any parent," said Damien Salls, Sr. 

 

The parents say Damien did have his name on his backpack. They say they're not sure what would have happened to him had they not tracked him down. 

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