Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In Need of a Bus? Don't Call Caitlyn

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

In Need of a Bus? Don't Call Caitlyn

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PHONE: Girl's number an easy misdial away from school transportation line

NORTH PORT

"Hello. Is this the bus transportation department?"

"No," says the voice on the other line. The voice sounds confused. But she shouldn't be.

Caitlyn Westerfield, 15, has received these wrong calls for months, years even, on her cellphone.

The North Port High teenager's phone number is one digit off from the general number to the bus transportation department at Sarasota County Schools.

"I'm kind of used to it," said Caitlyn, a sophomore, after the third wrong number call of the day Friday. "This is kind of funny. I don't know how it happened though."

School officials aren't sure either. Spokesman Scott Ferguson accidentally emailed the wrong number -- Caitlyn's number -- to a reporter for a back-to-school story on helpful phone numbers for parents. He said it was just a typo.

The phone number to the bus department -- 941-486-2141 -- is listed correctly on the district's website. …

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