SEAFORD, Del.- A 5-year-old Sussex County girl spent the entire school day unattended on a the bus after falling sleep on the way to school.
Zymiera Jackson said it was a frightening day for her on Monday when she woke up on the bus after all of the other students were let off at school.
"I was asleep on the bus and I got left and when I woke up I saw nobody on the bus. I was on there crying and praying and crying and praying," Zymiera said.
The Jackson family told WBOC that Zymiera never made it to Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Seaford on Monday morning. She ended up at the bus year with the rest of the empty school buses that would not be used again until pick-up after school. She was eventually found in the afternoon by a group of middle school students. The driver took her to school where her mother, Gloria, got the phone call to come and pick her up.
"Immediate panic mode. Immediate panic mode. I was just furious. Didn't know what to do, I was shaking. I just knew I had to get to her. I had to get to her. It was good to know that she was safe and sound and I would be able to go to her. So when I got a hold of her, I just held on to her," said Gloria Jackson.
The Seaford School District quickly did its own investigation of the incident. The driver never checked to make sure the bus was empty before dropping it off at the yard. In a statement to WBOC, officials say that driver will no longer be driving buses in the Seaford School District. The Jacksons just hope proper steps are taken to make sure this does not happen again.
"I don't want this to happen to somebody else's child. I don't want anybody else to feel how we felt. This broke us down," said Gloria Jackson.
The Jacksons, while unhappy about what happen, say they are grateful the weather conditions were not severe with cold or hot temperatures which could have created a dangerous situation for their daughter.