Duncanville father angry at district after daughter dropped at wrong stop

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by BYRON HARRIS

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:01 PM

DUNCANVILLE -- In the low light of an autumn afternoon, 12-year-old Allie Holmes didn't know where she was Tuesday evening.

"I thought he knew where I lived," she said about her bus driver.

She'd been dropped off by a Duncanville school bus, after a tutoring session late that afternoon, more than half a mile from her home. She stopped a stranger, asked to borrow a phone, and called her father.

"She said, 'Daddy, I don't know where I'm at,'" her father, Joe O'Neal, said.

He went to pick up his child and now drives her home from her afternoon tutoring sessions himself, for the time being.

"What's gonna change to stop this from happening in the future?" O'Neal said. "Not only to my child, but any child going to school here. That's my main concern."

He said the same thing happened to Allie last year.

"This is not OK," he said. "This is not OK. It's not. This is my child, a 12-year-old child. What if somebody had grabbed her and she was gone?"

Duncanville ISD said it's the bus driver's duty to know where each child should be deposited. Although Tuesday was the first day of a route for children being tutored after school, that's no excuse.

"We have processes and procedures in place," said Duncanville ISD spokeswoman Tammy Kuykendall, "and the bottom line is, [the bus driver] did not follow those procedures."

The district wouldn't disclose what action is being taken against the driver.

But for the next two weeks, younger students who have to be taken home late on district buses will wear tags with their names and their proper stop.

E-mail bharris@wfaa.com

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