SAN ANTONIO -

The mother of a 5-year-old girl says her daughter was mistakenly dropped off by a school bus that she wasn't supposed to be on in the first place.

Sonia Garibay, the mother of a kindergartner at Japhet Elementary, says when school let out on Wednesday, her daughter was supposed to go to an after-school program.

Instead, the girl followed a friend, boarded a school bus, and was dropped off at a South Side apartment complex, where another child's mother noticed her and promptly notified school officials.

"It was wrong from the very beginning to the end. Somebody should have caught it along the lines," Garibay said. "In that moment, I was about to lose it. I left work and I rushed over there really quick because I wanted answers."

According to San Antonio Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Price, a teacher normally walks the kids to their proper after-school programs, so it's unclear how the girl went unnoticed. 

Price said the incident has prompted a procedural change at the end of the school day.

"There's so much going on at the end of the school day that we think having someone directly with the program go to the classroom (and) escort the younger kids over there themselves will help maintain that the right kids are at the right place," Price said.

Because no policy violations occurred, Price said none of the school employees will be reprimanded.

However, employees were encouraged to be more vigilant, especially at the close of the school day.

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