Forum: Upset about jammed school bus
December 10, 2012 9:28PM
Updated: January 12, 2013 6:24AM
I’m a sophomore at Carl Sandburg High School and am not happy with the overcrowded bus I take to school. Students have to stand or sit in the aisle, which is a safety issue. If there were an emergency, everyone would have a difficult time getting off the bus quickly.
This route cannot be accommodated by just one bus. There are times when the bus is so crowded that the driver passes up our stop and another bus must be sent so we can get to school on time. The school district sometimes sends an overflow bus for the afternoon, but it is very inconsistent and causes a lot of confusion.
Parents have complained about the situation because it is unacceptable to have teenagers with backpacks crammed into seats or standing while a bus is in motion. But nothing has been done to resolve the problem.
I am very uncomfortable with this situation and worry about what would happen in an emergency on this bus. The school district needs to add another bus to this route permanently, not just on an as-needed basis.
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