Five-year-old Anaya Bell got the experience of her very young life Wednesday. The Eagle Ridge Elementary kindergarten student was supposed to be picked up from school by bus and delivered to a nearby daycare following the release of her classes. News 8’s Todd Unger reported on Thursday, August 29 that the staff of the Keller ISD elementary school somehow overlooked Anaya on her first day of school the day before. When she went looking for her bus on her own, she found there was no one near the buses, so she “started walking with the kids,” says her mom Ariell Bell. Unger continues, “Pretty soon she was walking the streets, making the turns, and navigating traffic, all by her lonesome.” It was more than a mile from the elementary school to the Bells’ home. Anaya ended up safe and sound at a neighbor’s house.
Anxious, telling school administrators, “My child isn't at the daycare,” Bell demanded, “Can somebody please tell me where my kid is,” of the staff at Eagle Ridge. Understandably because, as the mother of a five-year-old, Bell said, “She could have gotten lost. She could have gotten kidnapped. Things like that should never happen, because she’s five and it’s like the third time she’s been to that school.”
Keller ISD stated, “The safety and security of all students in Keller ISD is a top priority. We are reviewing this matter and will immediately implement any necessary changes.” Anaya’s mom “is just glad her baby girl knew the way home and credits some family preparation where they pointed out directions, just in case something ever happened,” said Unger. Anaya proudly asserted, “I knew because we were driving the same way.” Her mom agreed, “We drove the same way to take you to school.” In the case of the error of Eagle Ridge staff on Wednesday which could have ended tragically for a tiny little girl, it was a very good idea that they had.