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Parents angry over crowded school buses

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 08:41 PM EDT

By Crissy Clutter


Parents in Barnesville are angry after what they call an overcrowding situation on some school buses.

Kelli Cameron, a Valley Greene resident, says some students were told to get off the bus on Tuesday because of the amount of riders.

"Parents left because they saw their child getting on the bus and thought they were safe, but they were told to get off and actually left standing there alone… one little girl was crying," said Cameron.

The students, in kindergarten through fourth grade, were told to wait while the driver made another drop-off.

Randy Lucas, superintendentof Barnesville Schools, says he believes the bus driver was trying to be safe.

"As the driver got the kids seated he realized the bus was over capacity and asked the students to get off and wait since he was going back in five to 10 minutes," said Lucas.

Lucas says the driver called into the garage to make sure this was OK.

"Fortunately everyone arrived safely to school, but we will look into the matter," said Lucas.

He adds the bus driver could have asked the older kids to wait, but maybe made a mistake.

Cameron says overcrowding has been a problem on the buses since the start of the school year.

"They were putting four, sometimes five kids, in a seat that is supposed to only seat three," said Cameron.

Lucas said he isn't aware of a problem, but will investigate the situation. He said he has already talked to the transportation director and will also review video from the bus.

"If we made a mistake we apologize, but the safety of our students is our No.1 priority," added Lucas.

Lucas says the recent boom in the oiland gas industry has enrollment up about 100 students.

Parents angry over crowded school buses

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