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Terrebonne parents sue after they say daughter was dropped off at the wrong bus stop

Updated: Apr. 9, 2019 at 9:51 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The parents of a 6-year-old girl have filed a lawsuit after they say their daughter was placed on the wrong school bus, dropped off at the wrong bus stop and forced to walk nearly a mile home on a busy highway.

Ron and Chernika Hadley thought the worst when their daughter didn’t arrive home from Coteau-Bayou Blue Elementary School at her usual time.

“I definitely was worried when they told me that they didn’t know what bus she was on. My mind immediately began to think for the worst, because if the bus driver doesn’t know where to drop her off at, if she’s on the bus with unfamiliar kids, she could have been dropped off anywhere,” said Chernika Hadley.

Relief finally set in on that February afternoon when Chernika spotted her little girl walking on the busy Highway 316 in front of their home in Gray. A boy was walking with her. Chernika says her daughter is usually dropped off in the driveway right next to their house.

“Anything could have happened to my daughter,” said Chernika Hadley. "People don’t understand the dangers that’s along this highway, the dangers of children being dropped off without parent supervision.”

The Hadleys have now filed a lawsuit, naming the Terrebonne Parish School Board and the bus driver over the incident.

“This little girl now is literally traumatized and this family is traumatized because of the lack of supervision of the school board, and it’s just completely unacceptable,” said the Hadleys’ attorney, Julie Udoessien.

The Hadleys say their two young children are no longer riding the bus to and from school.

“I actually had to purchase another vehicle for my wife so she could get them to and from school,” said Ron Hadley.

“I don’t even want them going on field trips with their classes if the parents are not allowed to go, because I’m scared they might leave my child wherever they’re going on the field trip,” said Chernika Hadley.

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