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Mother raises concerns after child falls asleep on bus, wakes up far from elementary school

Chataignier Elementary
Posted at 5:19 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:19:41-05

An Evangeline Parish mother is concerned for her son's safety after she says he woke up on his bus Thursday morning but was not at his elementary school.

According to the Shawna Fontenot, her child was supposed to be dropped off in Chataignier, instead he found himself in Ville Platte.

This wasn't the first time the boy's stop was missed.

Fontenot says she was shocked Thursday evening when her 8 year old son Achilles Neal came home to tell her he was late to school after falling asleep on the bus.

"when he woke up he was at the other school, so it startled him because he didn't know where he was at," Fontenot said. "He was like yeah, I was pretty hungry for a while because I missed my breakfast."

On that same bus a few months ago, Achilles was on his way home when he fell asleep.

" I seen the bus passing, my husband and I were waiting on the porch. The bus passed, and no Achilles. Were like wait where is my child?!" Fontenot said.

She says her husband quickly got in the car and followed the bus until he was able to catch up. "He's like 'why does he keep forgetting me on the bus, there are a lot of kids. Why couldn't she just wake me up. Or the other kids, they see me, why couldn't they wake me up?'"

Fotenot says what surprised her about the most recent incident is she was never called by anyone from her son's school. "My child is left on a bus, and I had to leave it up to him."

Evangeline Parish Superintendent Darwan Lazard tells KATC that he was unaware of what happened. Since the buses are owned by First Student, Inc. they handle the investigation.

An official with First Student says the matter is being investigated. They say that drivers are expected to call out to the students at each stop.

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