LEFT BEHIND: Shana Freson was worried when she found out her daughter Emily was left behind by the Duffy Bus on the way to school. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
LEFT BEHIND: Shana Freson was worried when she found out her daughter Emily was left behind by the Duffy Bus on the way to school. Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN020914BUS4

Bus drives past students

THE thought of her daughter going missing like Daniel Morcombe is the only thing Shana Freson can think about.

On Friday morning her 11-year-old daughter Emily set off to catch the bus to school like she does twice a week only to return distressed and crying.

Emily had gone to her normal school bus stop along Que Hee St where she would wait for bus number five to collect her to take her to Norville State School about 8am.

"We live three houses from the bus stop, when Emily catches the bus I wait and watch the bus as she goes past and waves," Ms Freson said.

"I couldn't see her as the bus past and a moment later I heard her crying at the front door.

"She was upset - I asked what had happened and she said she saw the bus coming and waved to it as she normally did only to have it pass her."

The NewsMail contacted Duffy's City Buses yesterday for comment but none was provided.

Emily said that as the bus approached she saw it wasn't going to stop and felt scared.

"I was waving with a white bandage on my arm," Emily said.

"The bus driver was the same one as always - he saw me.

"I was scared when they past me."

After the incident occurred Ms Freson dropped Emily to school and went to see Duffy's City Buses where she spoke with the operations manager.

"I was very upset - I couldn't believe this could still happen after Daniel Morcombe," she said.

"The operations manager said that the child was missed by the first bus but collected shortly later by another bus, bus number four, which I had to tell him wasn't the case as Emily came home and I took her to school.

"I then mentioned this is how Daniel Morcombe went missing and at that stage he became quite forceful in the way he spoke with me.

"He said the company has protocols in place to have the child collected by a second bus around 10 minutes later.

"I said it only took three minutes for Daniel Morcombe to go missing and this is when he got his back up and I left."

Ms Freson said she was concerned it could happen twice in one day and she wondered how many children a week were left stranded by the school bus company.

"My biggest concern now is how many children get missed each week."

When Mrs Freson returned home she checked bus route number four and realised the bus wouldn't go anywhere near her daughter's designated bus stop on Que Hee St.

She then called the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and said she was told the foundation often received calls regarding the Bundaberg region.

"As soon as I mentioned I was calling from Bundaberg they said they had lots of complaints from the Bundaberg area."



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