Mum’s fury as daugh­ter is turned off school bus

Am­ber, 13, was not given chance to show let­ter al­low­ing her to travel

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Tricia Jamieson

A mother is fu­ri­ous af­ter her daugh­ter was turfed off a school bus and left to find her own way home.

A Stage­coach driver re­fused to let Am­ber Fishlock, 13, on the bus from Wood­church to Home­wood School, Ten­ter­den, be­cause she did not have her bus pass.

She had a let­ter ex­plain­ing that there was a de­lay in her pass ar­riv­ing, but was not even given time to get it out of her bag last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Am­ber’s mother, Lisa Fishlock, of Fair­field Ter­race, Ham­street, said: “I am ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous.

“Am­ber was left at the bus stop to find her own way home – any­thing could have hap­pened to her.

“She could not con­tact me, so the first I knew was when I called Home­wood to see if she had ar­rived as I was wor­ried about the pass.

“They said Am­ber was not in school, so I drove to the bus stop and found her walk­ing home re­ally up­set.”

Am­ber’s sis­ter Ele­sha, 14, also goes to Home­wood. Her bus pass for this term has also not ar­rived but she used her old pass and was al­lowed on the bus.

Am­ber had been us­ing her old pass which she lost on Fri­day, Septem­ber 11. Mrs Fishlock was ad­vised by Home­wood to write a let­ter for Am­ber, say­ing that the bus pass had been de­layed, which she did.

Am­ber was al­lowed on the bus with the let­ter last Mon­day and Tues­day.

“I think it is dis­gust­ing,” said Mrs Fishlock. “Am­ber was not even given time to get the let­ter out of her bag. She should have been al­lowed on the bus. The school has been very good. It is not their fault.”

Am­ber said she set off to walk the four miles home af­ter be­ing un­able to get through to her mother.

She said: “I tried to ex­plain to the driver that I had a let­ter in my bag say­ing that my bus pass was on its way, but he didn’t lis­ten. He said ‘I don’t un­der­stand you’ and ba­si­cally told me to get off the bus.”

Am­ber and Ele­sha are driven to the bus stop at Wood­church by Mrs Fishlock, who then takes her other chil­dren Keira, seven, and Ella, to Ham­street Pri­mary School.

Mrs Fishlock’s hus­band Terry has pso­ri­atic arthri­tis, a con­di­tion that has re­sulted in se­vere joint in­flam­ma­tion, and he is dis­abled.

Ele­sha and Am­ber are reg­is­tered car­ers, and although Mrs Fishlock ap­plied for the bus passes be­fore KCC’s July 17 dead­line, they had to be ver­i­fied by Kent Young Car­ers, which au­tho­rised free bus passes for the girls.

Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4015316

Am­ber Fishlock, left, who was not let on the school bus, with her mother Lisa Fishlock and sis­ter Ele­sha

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