Mom of 9-year-old says Lee County school bus won’t pick up her special needs daughter

Reporter: Michael Hudak
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Carmella is a 9-year-old girl who has special needs. Her mother says the Lee County school bus is not picking her up anymore as a form of punishment.

A 9-year-old girl with special needs was kept off her Lee County school bus.

Her mother said it was a form of punishment for the child singing, but the Lee County school district said it’s because of the school bus shortage blaming it on confusion by a substitute driver.

Carmella’s mother Anna Lempfert said her child was called annoying.

“Carmela loves animals, she loves science, puzzles. She’s just learning how to come out of her shell,” Lempfert said.

Coming out of her shell is no small victory for Carmella.

Doctors have diagnosed Carmella with psychosis, ADHD and more.

So when her special needs bus didn’t show up, Carmella became sad.

“I don’t know what I did wrong,” Carmella said.

Lempfert said her daughter thinks she is a “horrible child” and that nobody cares about her.

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