The new school year got off to a bumpy start for some parents and students at Millmont Elementary School in Reading.
Parents said they spent part of Monday not knowing where their children were after an apparent school busing mix up.
Maggie Anchidin was supposed to pick up her son from his first day of kindergarten. But when she arrived at the school bus stop at Ligette and N. Kenhorst in Reading, she said her six-year-old was nowhere to be found.
"Everybody was crying," Anchidin said. "Nobody could find their kids. People were driving around saying their kids were at other stops. And there were mothers all over the streets looking for their kids."
Alexandra Bernal was one of those mothers looking for her six-year-old.
"I went crazy because where she got dropped off at there's a pedophile that lives across the street. Yeah, it drove me crazy," Bernal said.
Parents said the scene was even more hectic at the Liggette Avenue and Brookline Plaza bus stop.
Sabrina Cedeno said another parent found her son.
"My son walking, he's five years old, by himself," Cedeno said.
"I was crying when I called the school, they kept telling me to calm down. Now mind you I'm on the phone trying to keep myself calm," said Fallon Franqui, another mother who said she could not find her five-year-old.
Luckily all the kids found their way back home.
Six-year-old Brandon said he was left about 10 blocks from his stop.
"I said what. I was about to say what," Brandon said.
Brandon and his neighbor Alexie just so happened to be on the same bus, and they both said they helped each other find their way home.
"I know how to go home," said six-year-old Alexie.
Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU), the company responsible for busing the students, confirmed that there was a mix-up with transporting students from Millmont Elementary School on Monday, and several students were dropped off at the wrong bus stop.
BCIU officials added, however, they were just following directions.
"The information in terms of the pick-up locations and the drop-off locations, as well as the bus routes, they're established by the school district. So we adhere to the information that they provide to us," said John George, Executive Director of BCIU.
BCIU administrators said they have received a revised drop-off list, but they added that more revisions may be necessary.
District superintendent, Dr. Carlinda Purcell, also cited the confusion was due to the merger of Millmont and Thomas Ford schools.
Purcell, however, would not guarantee that parents have seen the last of the bus mix-ups.
"We would like to say that it's not going to happen again, but I don't know what the run is going to be like tomorrow morning," said Dr. Purcell. "Special Education we are still working out some of the problems. That may be something that may not work itself out until the end of the week."