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4-year-old let off school bus at wrong stop

A 4-year old girl from Yonkers was dropped off by her school bus at the wrong stop without anyone to meet her there Wednesday. Witnesses saw Kayla Czerwiak wondering around until someone stopped and

News 12 Staff

Sep 6, 2008, 12:08 AM

Updated 5,768 days ago

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A 4-year old girl from Yonkers was dropped off by her school bus at the wrong stop without anyone to meet her there Wednesday.
Witnesses saw Kayla Czerwiak wondering around until someone stopped and helped her. It was the little girl?s first day in pre-K at School 17 in Yonkers. After dismissal, she boarded the yellow school bus, but got off at the wrong stop.
Her mother, Lisa Czerwiak, was waiting for her at Glenwood and Warburton avenues, where the girl was supposed to be dropped off. The girl, however, was not on the bus.
Czerwiak frantically dialed the number of the school district and was assured that her daughter was put on the bus. Then she received a call from the police, saying that two strangers sighted her daughter more than half a mile away.
District policy does not allow children younger than eight to be dropped off without an adult present.
In a statement released shortly after the incident, Yonkers School District Spokesperson Jerilynn Fierstein says an investigation by the transportation department found the bus driver and the monitor to be at fault. Both were dismissed from their jobs.
The girl?s mother says the entire ordeal was terrifying for her.
?My daughter could have been killed,? she says. ?She could have been raped. She could have wandered in the street.?
Kayla spent the day at home, talking on the phone to concerned family members. Her mother says the girl never wants to return to school and has nightmares about being left alone.
The little girl is expected to go back to class Monday, but for the next week she will be driven by her father.
Czerwiak says she wants to meet with district officials and discuss the possibility of picking up her daughter at the front door and dropping her off there every day. School officials, however, say door-to-door pick-ups are only reserved for children with special needs.


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