Two Winston-Salem kindergartners dropped off at wrong bus stop

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Forsyth County mother is speaking out after two kindergartners were accidentally left alone at the wrong bus stop.

"How do you just leave two little babies alone? Who does that," said Rebecca Brown.

Brown's daughter, Minnie, and her niece, Alex Norris, are students at Kimmel Farm Elementary School. As of Tuesday, the young girls say they're too scared to ride the school bus.

"We got off in the wrong place, they dropped us off in the wrong place," said 6-year-old Norris. "I was scared, I wanted my mommy."

A man in the neighborhood found the cousins holding hands, crying on the side of the road. He called Winston-Salem Police, and then police called the girls' parents.

"We did have a bus driver who was not driving the normal route that the driver drives. The two students were dropped off about a half a mile from their normal stop in this case," said Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools spokesman Theo Helm.

Helm says younger students have yellow tags on their backpacks, so drivers know someone should be meeting them at their stop. In this case, he says the driver didn't see the girls' tags.

"The tags work great, but if the drivers aren't following the rules then it's not working," said Rebecca Brown.

The school district says the incident will go in the driver's personnel record, and they apologize for what happened.

"That's all you have to say? You're sorry that you dropped off two babies on the side of the road," said Brown.

Brown says she doesn't want the driver to lose her job, but she doesn't think she should be allowed to drive young children anymore.

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