A TEENAGER was left embarrassed after she had her bus pass confiscated by a Barratt’s coach driver.
Misha Blackwood, 13, and her twin sister Jasmine, had lost their free bus passes to St Nicholas Catholic School, Crewe, due to the family moving home from St Anne’s Avenue to Cross Lane.
The 0.7 mile move now means St Thomas More Catholic School is closer for the pair, and their mother Nicola has to pay £149 a month to get her twin daughters to school.
Following the decision, which Nicola had appealed, Misha subsequently attempted to use her bus pass on Barratt’s coaches, but had her pass confiscated by the driver and was ordered to pay.
Misha was also put on the phone to the bus company, as well as being told to sit at the front of the bus on her own.
Nicola Blackwood, a deputy manager for a care agency, said: “I can’t believe the driver tried to take it up with my daughter and not speak to me in the first place.
“At the time of the incident the situation was still being appealed, and regardless of the outcome it’s just not the way to treat someone.
“To force her speak to the bus company and sit on her own was not acceptable and I’m disappointed more than anything that this has happened.
“We’ve informed the school who are shocked about it, and the bus company are now telling me that nothing happened.
“Misha is still so upset about it, and it just makes our situation difficult as it’s the only way she can really get into school because of the times I work.
“All I wanted to begin with was an apology, it is absolutely ridiculous.”
Nicola has lost the appeal against losing the bus passes from Cheshire East Council and now has to consider moving her daughters to a different school.
Cheshire East Transport provides transport to and from school for children who qualify under the School Transports Policy. All pupils aged between four and 16 in full time education are entitled to be considered.
Barratt’s Coaches, based in Sandbach, were contacted by the Guardian but declined to comment.