Father furious after 5-year-old son is dropped off at wrong bus stop

An Indianapolis father wants his son's school to change its bus stop procedures after a scary afternoon Monday.

Indianapolis

An Indianapolis father wants his son's school to change its bus stop procedures after a scary afternoon Monday.

Daryl Kimble said he was running a few minutes late to meet his 5-year-old son, Daryl, at the bus stop near their home on the northeast side. When he arrived, he said, he couldn't find the boy.

"I looked through every part of this complex and I didn't see him," said Kimble. "It's like your heart stops and you don't know what to think."

After 45 minutes of searching, Kimble said he got a call from Brook Park Early Learning Center that a neighbor had found his son wandering in his apartment complex. Kimble was reunited with his son, but he's angry.

"He could've came up missing, could've got hit by a car."

Fox59 asked Brook Park school officials about their bus stop procedures. Spokeswoman Dr. Sharon Smith said bus drivers are allowed to drop a child without a parent of guardian present if there is another child getting off at the same stop and if the driver believes it is safe.

Smith also said the driver in this case said Kimble gave her permission to drop off his son even if he wasn't there to meet him.

Kimble denies that he ever said that. He claims he's told the driver to only drop his son off if he or his daughter are present.

"I told her somebody will always be right there."

He wants the school to change its procedures, because he said, "that's not right for them to leave kindergartners out there."

Brook Park officials are looking into the incident, but stand by their procedures.

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