My name is Emmanuel Turner. I am a nineteen year old college freshman. I live with my mother (Sherria), her boyfriend (Edward/Mr. Scott), and my two younger sisters (Chanel(13) and Charis(11)). On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 my youngest sister was outside waiting with our step-father (mother’s boyfriend) for her school bus to arrive (anywhere from 8:10AM to 8:20AM). The bus arrived and the door opened. My sister, as eager as she is to get to school rushed to board the bus like she normally does on any school day. The door closed and pulled off. Seconds later, another school bus stopped in front of our house and began to blow the horn repeatedly. Intrigued, my step-father went outside. The driver yelled “I know you didn’t put her on that bus!” My step-father was confused because he put Charis on what he thought was the right bus. The bus driver began to talk to someone she had dialed and said that the bus was not out of the same garage as her because she did not recognize the bus number. She drove off. My step-father then began panicking and trying to get in contact with teachers at the school. He did not hear back from anyone until around 10:00 in the morning. He was told that she was marked present but was not physically looking at her so she would get back with him. Eventually he was told that Charis was in class which eased his mind. Once Charis came home. We asked her what happened. She said that there was a white male with a white shirt and blue bottoms on with tennis shoes. She also said that she was the only student on the bus and that the man asked her to show him how to get to the school. She said she showed him and when they arrived, she was let off on the side of the street (instead of inside the school like all of the other buses). She was scared because the cars were driving by fast and she did not want to be hit. She was asked if the man touched her, she said no. Today, Friday, March 7, 2014 my mother and our step-father went to the garage where the school buses are stationed. Someone told them that they had every reason to be concerned and that they would look into it. This was not enough for my parents so they called the police. They spoke to a young woman and she “relayed” the information to the Lieutenant who said “That isn’t a police matter.” This could easily happen again to someone else’s child and the result may not be as good as ours was. I am writing this letter on my own because my parents do not have faith in the justice system anymore. What more can they do after essentially being placed to the side by the bus company and blatantly shunned by a police Lieutenant? We aren’t looking for publicity or notoriety. My mother has been teaching me all of my life the difference between right and wrong. We just want something to happen to hopefully prevent this from happening to someone else. If you have any questions please contact me at EJTurner25@gmail.com and/or Emmanuel.Turner@miayearup.org. Thank you.
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