Overcrowded School Bus Video Alarms Logan County Parents

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A video circulating of an overcrowded school bus has parents in Logan County concerned about child safety.

The video, taken by a seventh-grade student at Man Middle School, shows students standing in the aisles of what appears to be a moving bus.

Benn and Leighann Dunn of Man say their sixth-grade daughter started complaining about bus overcrowding as early as last school year. When the complaints became more frequent, they became worried.

“Until I see the bus pull in, I'm a nervous wreck,” Leighann Dunn said.

The video also shows middle and high school students seated as many as five to six per seat. Officials from the Logan County Board of Education confirm no more than three students at a time can be seated on the same seat.

“They're being told if they don't want to stand, to sit on the floor,” Benn Dunn said.

Students who stand also have complained of having to exit the bus several times just to allow students in the back off the bus.

The Logan County Board of Education was unavailable for comment but released a statement. In the statement, Director of Transportation Mark Adkins said, “There are times when the buses have mechanical failures and we must place students on another bus to get home.”

The Board of Education did not confirm whether mechanical issues were a factor in the video being circulated.

West Virginia school policy forbids drivers from moving while students are standing.

“I'm just really scared of an accident; I'm scared that one of them kids is going to get hurt if not all of them,” Leighann Dunn said.

Benn Dunn said he also worries about the safety of his daughter, saying, “We worry about every one of those kids in the video, and it's just not tolerable for any parent.”

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