The students were returned to Stuckey Elementary after an hour and a half
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A group of kindergartners in Southern Highlands failed to come home from school Monday. For more than an hour, parents had no idea what happened to their kids.
"I have goose bumps just thinking about it now - everything went through my head," said Gretchen Frost, a mother of 5-year-old Presleigh.
Frost is holding her little one closer than ever. The first day of kindergarten started out just fine, but when Gretchen arrived at the bus stop to pick up her daughter, she was left waiting.
"She got out at 11:45 – the bus never came to the bus stop, ever," she said.
The children were picked up early Monday morning at Valley View Boulevard and Famiglia Drive. Since the kindergartners only have a half day of school, Gretchen says there is a different bus driver to drop them off.
She says when school was over, some of the 5-year-olds were dropped off a half mile away from the stop at the corner of Sun Castle Avenue and Porto Torres Street, which was the former bus stop last year.
Gretchen said at least five other parents went to Stuckey Elementary to find out what was happening. Administrators and school police eventually found out the bus was returning to the school.
The time from the end of school until the children were returned was about an hour and a half. Gretchen feared many things during that time.
"Was she dropped off somewhere and is scared, alone? Was she kidnapped? Or did the bus driver go crazy and take off with her? It was terror, absolute terror not knowing where she is."
Clark County School District has been dealing with a host of bus scheduling problems leading up to this first day - problems that the superintendent told FOX5 are being fixed.
"We had a computer glitch that sent out a lot of wrong information to our parents," Supt. Dwight Jones said. "We've been correcting that all day and it's probably continue for the next couple of days, so I encourage parents to be patient but we're working on it as quickly as we can."
Gretchen still doesn't know exactly what went wrong and will drive her daughter to school until the issues are fixed.
The school district has not yet returned FOX5's request for comment on this particular incident.
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