The mother of a kindergartner was frightened when her daughter was dropped off at the wrong bus stop recently, and she wants the Worthington Board of Education to review its policy to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The mother of a kindergartner was frightened when her daughter was dropped off at the wrong bus stop recently, and she wants the Worthington Board of Education to review its policy to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Lena Diaz of Saddle Ridge Lane told the board on Monday night that the Worthington school bus did not allow her daughter to get off at her regular stop on a recent afternoon. When the bus driver realized his mistake, he let her off at the next stop.

Diaz had been waiting at the regular stop, and tried to wave at the driver. She was able to get in her car and drive to the next stop to pick up 6-year-old Angelina, who was crying.

The family lives on the Far North side, just south of Park Road and east of Worthington-Galena Road.

Diaz said the situation could have been worse. Often, her elderly mother goes to meet Angelina at the bus stop. The mother does not speak English and has poor vision.

Also, registered sex offenders live in their apartment complex, she said.

"What if something would happen to my daughter?" the mother asked after testifying before the school board on Monday.

George Sontag, director of transportation for the Worthington Schools, said the bus driver did not know that the child was supposed to get off at the first stop, so he let her out at the next stop.

"It was a new driver and he made a mistake," Sontag said on Tuesday.

Policy calls for half-day, morning kindergarten students to be dropped off only if a parent or guardian is at the stop to meet them. But when kindergartners take the afternoon bus along with older students, the requirement is dropped.

He believes that is because there are more students at the afternoon stops, and parents don't always want the responsibility of meeting their children at the bus stops.

Sontag said he cannot remember the last time he received a similar complaint.

"Safety is our most important thing," he said.