Missing girl found safe; miscommunication led to 9-year-old boarding wrong school bus

Authorities searching for 9-year-old girl who went missing in Margate discovered that she accidentally boarded the wrong school bus.

MARGATE, Fla. – West Broward Academy reopened its doors Monday for in-classroom instruction.

All apparently went well at the charter school until it was time for Tiara Greene’s daughter to be picked up at the end of the day.

“My daughter is not where she supposed to be and I need to go look for her,” Greene said.

The 9-year old girl was labeled missing and Margate Police was called in to search for the girl.

Officers retraced her steps, spoke to administration officials and learned the girl mistakenly boarded one of the buses.

“The fact that they just let her get on the bus and go without letting me know, it just really hurts,” Greene said.

How it all happened appears to be a classic case of miscommunication between the girl’s parents and the school, and between the girl’s mom and her daughter.

The girl thought the bus was going to take her to an after school program, but ended up on an unfamiliar route, until her father found her at a bus stop and saved the day.

“I’m already mad, this is my child,” said Greene “I don’t play games when it comes to my kids.”

A top faculty member from West Broward Academy sent Local 10 a statement, which read in part:

“…the student in question did not get on the wrong bus. She forgot that her mother told her not to ride the bus today…At no time was she lost, missing, or in danger.”

Greene told Local 10 that the school did call her to apologize for the misunderstanding.

About the Author:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.