Shortly after Peggy Mitchell placed her granddaughter on the school bus early Monday morning, she got a startling call from Flat Shoals Elementary saying someone else brought the 6-year-old to school.
Mitchell told WAGA-TV that school officials said a teacher driving to the Decatur, Georgia, public school spotted Khloe walking alone along a busy road that morning.
“She called and she asked ‘How did she get to school?’ and I told her ‘On the school bus. I placed her on the school bus myself.’ And she said ‘I’m sorry somebody just walked her into the school.'”
The little girl fell asleep on her school bus and never got off. She woke up alone in a McDonald’s parking lot after the bus driver failed to check the vehicle for any remaining students once arriving at the elementary school.
“She found her wandering around on Candler Road by Bank of America and Title Max across from South DeKalb Mall.”
The bus driver responsible didn’t realize that Khloe was still on board.
“I was devastated. She could’ve been killed or kidnapped. She’s 6 years old. We need to take better care of our kids.”
The DeKalb County School District employee was removed from their job following the unfortunate incident. The school district told the station it is investigating the incident.
In a statement, a spokesman told the station:
The district will strongly reemphasize to our drivers our expectations for student safety, as well as the penalties for failing to meet that standard.
Mitchell is thankful that her granddaughter is safe.
As Dearly reported, students keep getting left behind on school buses, and outraged families are demanding answers.