Parents concerned overcrowding is affecting kids' safety
A picture from inside one of the buses causing concern for parents. (Source: anonymous parent)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
While school officials in Brunswick County went into the first week of class expecting some overcrowding, some parents are concerned this crowding could impact their children's safety.
A photo taken by a student on a bus shows children shoulder-to-shoulder in the seats and some even sitting in the aisles.
After reviewing the photo, Brunswick County School representative Jessica Swenski said it appeared the driver was assigning seats or preparing to exit some students for a double run.
A double run is a safety measure bus drivers take when too many students are on board. As a result, they take children that live the closest home first, and then come back to school to pick up the extra children.
Swenski said double runs were necessary on the first day of school.
She reassures safety is their number one concern, and their bus drivers are trained to only operate the bus under safe conditions.
Since the first day of school Swenski said the Brunswick County school bus system has made the necessary adjustments to accommodate the overcrowding.
"We've added new buses and because we are still in that first 10 day window where numbers are still going up and down," Swenski explained. "We actually have an additional bus and driver on standby should their be another bus that experiences overcrowding."
The Brunswick County School system is working to identity which bus this picture was taken so they can review the surveillance video.