Parents upset over Conroe ISD school bus policy

A 13-year-old girl says a bus driver dropped her off miles away from home on a busy highway
April 1, 2014 4:19:50 PM PDT
Parents of a 13-year-old girl are upset after she was dropped off miles away from home after school. The school district says it's due to a recent policy change that the parents should have known about.

The seventh grade student Savannah Fulmer thought she was going to be dropped off at her home. But instead, she was let out of the bus on Highway 105.

"It was kind of scary, actually, because you're walking on a highway," Savannah said. "I was scared that somebody was going to kidnap me or someone would hit me with their car."

Savannah Fulmer, 13, says she took a late bus home last Wednesday after staying for a tutorial at Peet Jr. High. The driver then surprised her by dropping her more than three miles from home.

"I asked if I could borrow her phone and she said yeah so I called my mom and she didn't answer so she told me to get off," Savannah recalled.

Last fall, another Peet student was forced to walk more than two miles on busy Highway 336. At the time, the 12-year-old told us the bus driver missed her stop and refused to turn around.

Savannah's mother Hannah Fulmer said, "It really upsets me that they would take the chance with another child and even still knowing that this has obviously happened more than one time, that nothing's changed."

Over the phone, officials with Conroe ISD tell us their late bus policy has changed in large part because of our original story. We're told a letter was sent home to parents informing them of new satellite stops. These stops are not intended to be within a short walk to student's home but as a safe place where parents can pick up their student without driving to campus.

Some parents say they didn't know about the satellite stops and don't feel the district didn't do enough to inform them. District officials say they will remind parents and students again about the policy. They say they will also reiterate to drivers that any student who isn't comfortable being dropped off at a certain spot should be returned to campus.

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