Bus Confusion Leads to Long Ride for Brooklyn Center Kindergartner

Updated: 09/04/2014 6:06 PM
Created: 09/04/2014 4:36 PM
By: Ellen Galles

The parents of a 5-year-old Brooklyn Center boy are relieved to have their child back after he disappeared for an hour and a half on his first day of kindergarten.

Omari Rittinger was supposed to take the bus home from his school in the Brooklyn Center school district Tuesday and get dropped off at the corner of 53rd and Irving avenues in Brooklyn Center just before 3:30 p.m.

His mom, Melissa Rittinger, says she called the school and was told the busses were running a half hour late. She called administrators again after her son didn't turn up.

School officials called the bus driver, who said the boy wasn't on the bus.

At about 4:30 p.m., the assistant principal told Omari Rittinger's parents he may have been dropped off near 53rd and Russel avenues. Police began to look in the area for the boy.

Omari Rittinger was finally brought home just after 5 p.m., according to police records. He had apparently been on the bus the entire time.

School districts around the metro say it's fairly common for kids to get on the wrong bus or get off on the wrong stop, especially the first week of school. However, it's rare for police to be called in for help.

The school district did not comment.

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