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Lynchburg Woman Says Granddaughter Forced to Get Off School Bus at Wrong Stop


Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg woman is unhappy with the city's school bus system after she says a bus driver told her granddaughter they didn't have time to make her stop.

Lee Gnos says last week her granddaughter Brianna was dropped off a block away from her usual stop. A block may not seem like a big difference, but for this nine-year-old Linkhorne Elementary student, it was a little too much to handle.

Last Thursday around 6 p.m., Victor Gnos was waiting at his granddaughter's bus stop in front of their home on Camp Avenue. But minutes dragged by, and Victor saw no bus, and no Brianna.

"I really got scared. I didn't know what to think," said Victor.

Minutes later, a distressed Brianna came walking down their road.

"When she came down the road she was really upset, crying. I thought she was going to have a heart attack she was so nervous," said Victor.

Brianna told her grandparents she was dropped off at the intersection of Old Forest Road and Camp Avenue, because her bus driver didn't have time to make her usual stop.

"She said she even asked the bus driver, 'well can you wait? I'll contact my nana and papa, they can come up here.' The bus driver said, 'No, I don't have time,'" said Lee.

Brianna, who has a learning disability and separation anxiety, struggled with the sudden change in plan.

Lee, looking for answers, says she called the school's bus garage.

"I called them and they said just basically, 'get over it. I mean she's nine years old, she can walk home by herself,'" said Lee.

Lee says she's not so much bothered about the change in bus stop, but more so that she wasn't told about it. She says she wasn't given the chance to walk her granddaughter home.

"I don't have a problem with that. I will walk up to the corner. But just dropping her off there, I mean anything could have happened," she said.

Cindy Babb, the Public Information Coordinator for Lynchburg City Schools, says they were not aware of this incident. She did say their Director of Transportation is looking into it, and hopes to work things out with the Gnos family.

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