Mom Sues Bus Company for $7 Million After Daughter Dropped at Wrong Stop


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Mom sues Bus Company for $7M after bus drops daughter off at wrong stop

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Brooklyn Mom Sues Bus Company for $7 Million after Daughter Gets Dropped Off at Wrong Stop

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The strange story appearing online claims that a Brooklyn Mom Sues Bus Company for $7 Million after her Daughter is dropped at Wrong Stop. Yes, it is a fact, the details of which are explained below.

About the Incident

To start with, the Brooklyn Mom suing the Bus Company for $7 Million for dropping her daughter at wrong stop appeared silly to many readers. They thought the story is one of those fake/satire news articles that keep surfacing often. Notably, the interesting story also appeared on NBC 9 News website nbc9news.com, which publishes some fake news. As a matter of fact, the NBC 9 News website nbc9news.com is not affiliated with the actual NBC News. The claim that the Brooklyn Mom Sues Bus Company for $7 Million after her Daughter is dropped at Wrong Stop is true.

The incident happened with Brooklyn mom Adrena Hartzog and her 5-year-old daughter Zariah earlier in September 2015. Adrena Hartzog panicked that day when her little daughter did not arrive from school at Flatlands Avenue and 102nd Street. Adrena says she called the Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School immediately but was left on hold. Then she called the bus company Boro Transit, but nobody had an answer. So, she dialed 911 and ran searching her daughter in neighborhood. Five-year-old Zariah was dropped off at the wrong stop. Adrena found Zariah 10 blocks away at a busy intersection with no crossing guard. The little girl was crying and so scared she had wet her pants. A store owner held the child and called police, but Adrena arrived before officers.

Image of Adrena Hartzog with her daughter Zariah
Adrena Hartzog with her daughter Zariah

 

Mom Sues Bus Company for $7 Million

As per June 2018 news reports, the Brooklyn Mom Adrena Hartzog is suing the school-bus company for $7 million in damage. In her Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit, Adrena claims the bus company refused to take her complaint over the past incident and did not even tell her the name of the driver. Leaving a child at an “unauthorized” stop is certainly a violation of city guidelines. In fact, such school bus drivers can face up to a six-month suspension for a first offense. Unfortunately, records between December 2015 and July 2017 show that at least 281 drivers and escorts endangered school kids in the city, but only 32 were fired.

On the other hand, the Brooklyn mom’s lawyer Stuart Shaw said no one was cooperating with the woman. The mother says her once-bubbly child has changed after two years; she’s now depressed and consistently anxious. After the incident, she also claims her daughter’s classmates ridiculed Zariah as “the lost puppy”. The Department of Education said they are looking into the matter.

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Mom sues for $7M after bus drops daughter off at wrong stop
Mother sues bus company for $7million for dropping her daughter, 5, off at the wrong stop


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