Gwinnett County, Georgia, School Buses Have Overcrowding Issue, Worrying Parents
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report posted at wsbtv.com, the school district in Gwinnet County, Georgia, has an overcrowding issue when it comes to its buses. The issue has parents in the district worried that their children are not safe while riding the buses to and from school each day.*
The issue with Gwinnett County school buses came to light after a student shared a video on one of the buses. The student, who reportedly attends Discovery High School, took a video on a cell phone that shows far too many students on one bus. Seats in the bus have three students on them, when they are only designed for two, and students can be seen in the video sitting in the aisle of the bus.
The cell phone footage has some parents worried. Not only does the overcrowding make for a cramped ride to class and back home, but the students could also be at risk for injury if the bus was involved in a crash, parents say.
“They can have an accident, and they won’t have time to react,” one parent told reporters. “It’s very uncomfortable, it’s risky and inappropriate.”
When asked about the number of students on its buses, Gwinnett County Schools said it has had increased enrollment in an already packed district. It is already one of the largest school districts in the United States, according to the report, and it had 5,000 new children enroll for the 2019-2020 school year.
“Factoring these new students in with decisions families make during the first few weeks of school as to whether their child will ride the bus, be a car rider, walker, etc., means that we are constantly making adjustments to our routes to accommodate the shift in our bus riders,” the district said.
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