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School bus mistake: second grader found wandering the streets

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A Phoenix dad had quite a scare on his daughter's first day of school. The second grader mistakenly got off on the wrong bus stop and was left wandering the streets in a strange neighborhood.

Usually a stranger calling you about your daughter is a bad thing, but this time one came to the rescue.

You can imagine this father's surprise when he got the phone call, which he got thanks to something he did just before his daughter left for her first day at a brand new school.

It was a rough first day of school for 7-year-old Nadia Spears and her father. He was at work when he got this voice mail: "I have your daughter right here at my house, please give me a call right away."

"In my mind, the worst pops up, because I am like, 'Who is this person? Why do you have my child? Where are you at?'" said Dewayne Spears.

He quickly called back and learned that his daughter must have gotten off at the wrong school bus stop.

The second grader at Fowler Elementary in Laveen was supposed to head to another campus for an after school program, but she mistakenly got off the bus. A good Samaritan found her wandering and lost in his neighborhood.

"So, I was just thanking God that he had the mindset of, you know, something is not right, this kid is walking around the neighborhood, let me at least see what is going on," said Spears.

The situation could have been very different if Spears hadn't written his phone number on his daughter's backpack this morning. "I got about one number in, two numbers in, and I was like no. I thought about scratching it off, then I thought I'll just go ahead and write it up on there, I honestly think it was the best decision I have ever made," he said.

A family member was able to pick up the second grader as her father dealt with the school.

"As long as they learn from it, and they put steps and measures to make sure that she is safe, that is all that you could ask for," said Spears.

The school has apologized. Administrators will review video from the bus and talk to the driver to see what went wrong. Since this was a brand new school, and a new after-school program for the second grader, it was likely this was just an honest mistake. But the school says they will make sure it does not happen again.
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