Valley mother upset her daughter's school didn't tell her about incident that required trip to ER

Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 10:23:01-05

A Valley mother is frustrated with her daughter’s school in the aftermath of a school bus incident that led to an emergency room trip. 

Shay Gusters, whose 13-year-old daughter Nafie attends the Pendergast Elementary School District’s Sunset Ridge Elementary, said the district did not notify her when Nafie’s school bus rolled into another school bus outside the school in late January. The school is near 84th and Missouri avenues in Glendale. 

Nafie said students were standing, ready to exit the bus, at the time of the impact. She injured her wrist as she caught herself from falling, she said.

Gusters would later take her daughter to the emergency room, she said. Nafie wore a wrist brace during an interview with the family last week.

Gusters said the school failed by not proactively alerting affected parents to the incident or by following up after she inquired about the situation.

“[I] think it's a big situation because something happened to my child,” Gusters said.

Gusters said Monday night that the school has removed the bus driver from her daughter’s bus route and has promised a full investigation. A school spokesperson said the incident did not have reasonable suspicion to require the driver take a drug test.

The school district released this statement:

“On January 26, 2017, a minor bus accident occurred at Sunset Ridge Elementary School when Bus #49 slowly rolled forward into Bus #39, which was parked. Three students complained of headaches following the bus incident. The school nurse assessed these three students and contacted their parents."