RICHMOND, Texas — A parent’s worst nightmare: one Fort Bend Independent School District mom received a call that her 6-year-old son was missing.
Idia Osaren has two children, ages 11 and 6, who attend Oakland Elementary School in FBISD. It’s a new school for both kids, along with a new bus stop and neighborhood.
Her children are very close, but were not allowed to sit together on the bus ride home from school. The bus driver issued rules that boys and girls must sit on opposite sides.
Osaren’s 11-year-old daughter couldn’t see her little brother, and when she got up to tell him this was their stop, he was nowhere to be found.
“She thought it was her fault,” Osaren said.
The bus driver let Osaren’s son off at the wrong stop without his older sister. Before Osaren was notified her son was missing, the bus driver had her daughter get off the bus and and knock on doors to ask if anyone had seen him.
“They were supposed to notify Fort Bend ISD to do the search, my fifth grader shouldn’t have been out there doing the search,” Osaren said.
Luckily, someone dropped the little boy back off at the school, but his whereabouts for the half hour in between are still unknown.
Osaren said she has asked for footage from the bus, as well as from the school, in order to find out who dropped off her son, but she has not received any help.
Fort Bend ISD sent NewsFix a statement saying, “The safety of our students is always our top priority. Fort Bend ISD was made aware of this incident and have already spoken to the parent about the situation. While some of the details of the story are still being investigated, we are committed to student safety and take incidents like this very seriously. The District is also reviewing our current procedures and is making improvements in order to ensure something like this does not happen again.”
But Osaren says otherwise, “I have not heard from anyone from district.”
The mother is now considering taking her kids out of Oakland Elementary School.
“I shouldn’t have to put up a fight for someone to do something about the safety of our children,” Osaren said.