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Children Left Unattended

Smith's two daughters were left alone with several other kids aged six to 12, in a Maverick Club bus, while the driver stopped to grab some food. Smith's two daughters were left alone with several other kids aged six to 12, in a Maverick Club bus, while the driver stopped to grab some food.
"Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is unacceptable, therefore he will no longer be driving for us," says David Rodriguez, Executive Director, Maverick Boys and Girls Club "Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is unacceptable, therefore he will no longer be driving for us," says David Rodriguez, Executive Director, Maverick Boys and Girls Club

Some Amarillo parents are unhappy with the Maverick Boys and Girls Club. They're upset a bus driver transporting their kids left the children alone in the bus. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg  explains what parents are doing to make sure it doesn't happen again.

We're told it was only a few minutes that the driver left the kids to stop at a Taco Bell to pickup lunch. But any amount of time children spent unsupervised, is too long for some parents.

"I was astonished, anyone with common sense would never leave kids unattended in a vehicle, that scared mem" says Jennifer Smith, a mother of two.

Smith's two daughters were left alone with several other kids aged six to 12, in a Maverick Club bus, while the driver stopped to grab some food.

The executive director of the program confirms the kids were left alone, which is against their policy.

"Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is unacceptable, therefore he will no longer be driving for us," says David Rodriguez. 

But that isn't enough for mom's like Smith, who describes herself as overprotective.

"I'm going to work 6 days a week to get off early to pick my kids up myself everyday," she says. 

Rodriguez says this is the only time he's had anyone break club rules like this before, and he will work to make sure it stays that way.

"We look out for these kids and we are a positive place for these kids and will ensure that," says Rodriguez. 

"I don't want to say the maverick isn't capable of taking care of kids because it's a great place, it's just the circumstance that happened yesterday that parents need to know about," says Smith.

Despite this incident, buses will still be running as scheduled for the Maverick Boys and Girls Club.

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