Mother terrified after 3-year-old sent to wrong school - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mother terrified after 3-year-old sent to wrong school

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

For one Memphis mother, the first day of school was a terrifying experience.

"I thought they left him on the bus, somebody took my child," said Briana Smith. "I was about to break down crying."

Smith said she put her 3-year-old son on a bus to go to a preschool program offered by Shelby County Schools. Later Monday, she went to Getwell Elementary School to bring him supplies. When she arrived, she learned her son had never made it to school that day.

"It made my heart drop," Smith added. "I was scared."

Smith called Durham School Services for answers. She later learned that her son was taken to Knight Road Elementary School by mistake.

"What I don't understand is Knight Road wears red and he's wearing blue," said Smith. "He wasn't even enrolled there, so why was he at that school?"

With no phone call from the school or the bus company informing her about the mistake, Smith said she's afraid to put her son back on the bus.

"They can do better," she explained. "They should have called me. It could have been worse."

Nonetheless, she said she's just happy he's home.

"I'm just glad my baby's safe."

Shelby County Schools released the following statement about the incident:

In this case, a child was dropped off at the wrong school. The busyness of the first day caused it to take longer than usual to verify this student’s information. However, the student was safe and supervised all day and actually participated in a normal school day, including classroom placement and lunch, while the school was verifying his information. The school has since met with the student’s family to ensure enrollment and transportation are both accurate for the rest of the week.  

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