Laurel mother looks for answers after school loses child

Laurel mother looks for answers after school loses child

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel mother is looking for answers after her child was put on the wrong bus and dropped off at the wrong stop.

The child went missing for nearly three hours without supervision from school officials before he was found.

Alka Pittman of Laurel said she was devastated when her five-year-old son Skyler arrived home several hours late after his first day of kindergarten.

"It wasn't like a 15 or 20 minute stretch," Pittman said. "This was going into a third hour of me not knowing where my child was from school and nobody could tell me."

On Monday, Maddox Elementary School put Skyler on the wrong bus. For nearly three hours, police and school officials could not find him.

"I'm thinking at this point, someone has grabbed my child," Pittman said. "Is he wandering in the street? Is he going to get hit? Does he know how to cross the street properly?"

Pittman said Skyler was dropped off by a stranger at another elementary school near her home.

"From me interviewing my own baby, I found out that a bus dropped him off in a neighborhood an adult picked him up and dropped him off at Oak Park because of the uniform he had on," she said.

Laurel Superintendent Chuck Benigno said in a statement:

"On Monday, we had a kindergarten student get on the wrong bus and exit at the wrong stop. Fortunately, the student was brought back to one of our schools and we were able to reconnect him with his family. Safety of our students is our top priority and we are evaluating procedures in an effort to prevent something like this happening in the future."

Pittman still asks the questions how her child went missing for hours.

"At this point, I need answers," Pittman said. "I don't feel like I'm sorry is enough. I just don't want this to happen to anyone else. Like I don't any anyone else to have to encounter or endure what I went through."

Skyler has not returned to school since the incident on Monday. Pittman said she would like to thank the man who took Skyler to a nearby elementary school.