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Bus driver mistakenly drops off 5-year-old girl at deserted school

'I was just trying to find home.' 5-year-old describes getting lost after bus driver left her at wrong school.

Myah Fisher was left to fend for herself after the bus driver dropped the kindergartner at the wrong location.
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Myah Fisher was left to fend for herself after the bus driver dropped the kindergartner at the wrong location.

A 5-year-old Natomas girl broke down in tears this week after a bus driver dropped her off at a closed school – leaving her to fend for herself.

Monday was Myah Fisher’s first day of summer school at Bannon Creek Elementary in Sacramento, but it soon turned into a nightmare. After her morning class, she boarded a Natomas Unified School District bus and was supposed to be dropped off at Heron School, site of a city-run child care program. Instead, the driver took her to H. Allen Hight Elementary, which is closed for the summer.

Myah, who recently finished kindergarten at H. Allen Hight, started to walk home but got lost in the process, according to her mother, Marchaunte Fisher.

“I was so afraid that I wasn’t going to see her ever,” Fisher said Friday at her Natomas home.

Scared and with no place to go, Myah traveled six blocks with her purple, princess-themed bag in hand.

“I was looking for the park,” said Myah, who is occasionally picked up from H. Allen Hight by her teenage brothers during the regular school year. “I got lost walking the bike trail.”

She began crying. Meanwhile, her parents and school officials spent nearly an hour trying to locate her.

“I was driving around crazily and yelling her name,” Fisher said.

A good Samaritan eventually drove Myah back to H. Allen Hight, where she was reunited with her mother. “I was so grateful,” Fisher said.

Another child was also mistakenly dropped off along with Myah, according to the district. That boy, also a kindergartner, was able to find his way home and contacted his father through a video camera embedded on the doorbell, according to Fisher.

In a statement, officials acknowledged the error and promised “immediate steps to ensure this does not happen again.” Those measures include assigning an extra person to assist with student drop-offs and issuing bus passes with student photos.

Fisher said she is relieved that Myah was found safe. The family does not plan to take further action against the district, though she urged officials to “be strict on people who they hire.”

“You are transporting children. You have to be responsible,” Fisher said.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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