Update: Thursday, Officials with the Acadia Parish School Board said they did review the video from the bus. Superintendent John E. Bourque and Transportation Manager Joey Simon both said they saw the tape, and at this time cannot make official statements.
They did say that the child and the bus driver never spoke to each other. Chasity Thibeaux said she spoke with the superintendent this morning. He said it might be possible for her to review the video for herself tomorrow morning. Chasity she doesn't want to lose focus on the most important part.
"Why did they allow her to get on the wrong bus and still be dropped off at the wrong spot and have to walk home? She was missing for an hour and a half, and that's the most important part."
Chasity said she will have to wait until she can view the video for herself before she can comment any further.
Child Left at Wrong Bus Stop
A young girl was found walking alone on Tuesday afternoon, after being dropped off at the wrong bus stop. Dalton and Chasity Thibeaux said their daughter, Sa'nigh Woods,9, never got off the bus. They called the school and school board, but never got in contact with anyone who could tell them where their daughter was. They then called police. One hour later, police found Sa'nigh, sweaty and alone. Her parents say, Sa'nigh was forced onto the wrong bus by a teacher at South Rayne Elementary. She was then forced off of the bus by the bus driver, even after telling the driver, she didn't belong in the area.
"She said 'sir this is not my stop, can you call my parents? Here's my agenda.' Her agenda has my cell phone number, his (father's) cell phone number, he (bus driver) said no and pushed her off the bus," said Chasity.
Sa'nigh was dropped off on Lillian G Ave, and was found two miles away on South Adams Ave at 5:30pm.
"She was very sweaty, very hot; the first thing she did was hug me and ask for some water," her mother explained.
Sa'nigh, who suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia was brought to the hospital, where a doctor diagnosed her with acute dehydration and a muscle strain. Her backpack broke during the walk. Her parents believe carrying the backpack through the distance caused her strain.
Superintendent John Bourque said they are investigating the matter. Bourque says he is trying to find out why Sa'nigh was on the wrong bus.
"That's what we are trying to figure out now, how this happened or didn't happen. The bus driver says the student got of with another groUup of students," said Bourque.
Bourque said it is part of their protocol, that any student getting on a different bus, have a note or permission from the parents. Sa'nigh's parents said she didn't have a note, and no matter how she ended up on the bus, they should have been notified.
Her father, Dalton, said, "They would have been better off if he (bus driver) would have taken the time to make a phone call."
Bourque said the most important issue now is finding out the truth. A camera on the bus is being investigated to find out what transpired on the bus prior to and after Sa'nigh got off. Bourque said he is taking the matter very seriously.
"Our most prized possessions ride on those school buses, so we want to make sure they get to school and home safely."