VIDEO: School district responds after Chattahoochee Co. bus overcrowds with students standing in aisle
CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - "It's out of control," says parent, Penelope Hollis.
A student-filmed video captures students standing on an overcrowded school bus in Chattahoochee County Wednesday, August 8.
"If my child showed me those videos, they would not be on the bus the next morning," says Hollis as she watched the video.
The student says the bus was overcrowded and students were been forced to stand in the aisle while the bus was driving en route to school.
Hollis says she not only fears for the students' safety but the bus drivers as well.
Chattahoochee County School District officials say they're aware of the overcrowding issue buses have been facing during this first week of school.
The district says with a total of 30 bus routes, some routes can run as long as 85 minutes and the buses do not have seatbelts for student riders. The district also confirms a bus en route on Wednesday to Chattahoochee County High reported 70 student riders, a higher amount than normal for buses on that route. The district says they're actively working to solve the issue and that the safety of their students is their number one priority at all times.
"We've got to protect these kids and students that are going to get an education," says parent, Larry Cody.
Officials report they have made adjustments to which bus picks up at which stops on Ft Benning and today, all four buses had between 60 and 64 students on them when they arrived at Chattahoochee High and Middle schools.
The district says it is currently working on a potential adjustment to add a 5th bus route to Ft Benning in the near future if needed.
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