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Child left at bus stop, mother arrested when confronting school

Angela West Angela West
Seth West Seth West
BLOOMDALE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A Bloomdale mother, upset that her son was left at the bus stop alone, confronted the school and got arrested.

"The only thing that's important to me is the safety of our young children, especially in today's society," said Angela West.

But West says her 7-year-old son Seth was left alone at the school bus stop on Wednesday.

"He got on the bus, and then [the bus driver] asked him for the letter, and then he didn't have the letter so she told him he could not ride the bus," West said.

The letter was a disciplinary note. Elmwood school officials say Seth misbehaved on the bus, and protocol calls for a note to be sent home with the child, explaining to parents. The child must then present the note with a parent signature within a set amount of time to be able to ride the bus again. If not, they are asked to leave.

"I most certainly would not leave my house and leave him or my baby unattended without another adult," West said.

Elmwood Superintendent Tony Borton says the bus driver saw a parent by the bus stop, and that's why Seth was left there. But that parent was not West, and when she found out her son was left, she went to the school to talk to someone.

School officials say she became angry, and they felt it was necessary to call the school resource officer. That's when she was arrested.

"When a parent comes, even if they don't always like the answer from the school, you know, they've got to remain calm, because there are kids present and we want to always have a very safe environment for our kids and my staff," Borton said.

West received misdemeanor charges, including resisting arrest.

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