Reported by Faith Abubey
All the warnings were there, according to investigators, the flashing red lights on the school bus were on; the bus had its stop arm out; and there was a 6th grade boy trying to cross the street.
But troopers say Wednesday morning, Billy Roger Bailey didn't see Hasani Wesley and ran into him. The 11-year-old boy later died at Baptist hospital.
His schoolmates at East Forsyth Middle School, who were on the bus Hasani was tryign to get to, were rerouted on to another bus. They were told of his death by school administrators later in the day. The school has offered counseling to the students who witnessed the accident. Trooper Kevin Hennerly with the North Carolina Highway Patrol told News 2, the crash happened around 6:46 am.
Hennerly says the school bus came to a stop on Old Hollow Road at Shaddowfax Drive. As required, he said, the bus driver turned on the flashing red lights and had its stop arm out to indicate to other drivers to stop so students could cross the street.
"The school bus was doing everything correct, according to the early reports," said Trooper Hennerly.
Before Hasani could get to the other side of the road, the trooper says Bailey, who was coming from the opposite direction of the bus, ran his car into the 11-year-old-boy.
"There's no excuse for passing a school bus, even if it doesn't have its lights on," said Michael O'Brien, a visibly upset community member.
Bailey's car traveled a bit before stopping several feet from the site of impact.
"It's just a sad situation," said Trooper Hennerly who adds his condolence to Hasani's family.
Video and full article: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/206720/348/Faith-Abubey
December 20, 2012, by Jasmine Spencer
Kernersville mother Celena Adams said she is now concerned more than ever for the safety of her child at the bus stop since 11-year-old Hasani Wesley’s death. Adams said the appeal process for a different route is “non-existent” and took months before getting a response from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school transportation department.
“It was told to me that it was on a first come first serve basis and that those would not be even looked at until September 10th which is after the school year started which to me Is unacceptable,” Adams said. Adams requested a safer bus stop for her 3rd grader in February.
The stop was just declared unsafe after 10 months.
School system representative Theo Helm said several factors are considered when declaring whether a bus stop is safe.
“From the traffic on the road, whether or not there are two lanes or four lanes or beyond that whether there are sidewalks on the road.” Helm said. Helm said currently the department does not calculate the requests based on danger or any other categories but are compiled together and are handled on a case by case basis. Requests can be made through the particular school a child attends.
Adams plans on starting a petition or safer school by routes throughout the county.
You can find out more about appealing your child’s bus route here
Video and full article here: http://myfox8.com/2012/12/20/concerned-parents-appeal-bus-route/
by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News
HOUSTON—Houston school bus drivers are demanding school officials do more to crack down on what they called unruly behavior by students who ride the bus.
"They’re smoking on the bus, fighting on the bus, and the good kids have to suffer," said Charles Primes. Primes joined with several other drivers at a school bus depot to draw attention to what a lot of them consider to be a crisis.
"You don’t want your kids or grandkids on a bus right now," Primes said. "It’s that bad."
Drivers planned to hold a press conference on Tuesday, demanding officials with the Houston Independent School District strictly enforce disciplinary policies that they said are routinely ignored.Full article here: http://www.khou.com/news/local/School-Bus-Dangers-146753065.html
By Daniel McKeon
Twenty-six Pickens County bus drivers are suing the Pickens County Board of Education for unpaid wages.
According to Schulten Ward and Associates LLP Attorney Dean R. Fuchs, the case is still in its infancy. The complaint was filed on August 7th, Fuchs said, but the BOE wasn’t served until August 31st. In a recent conversation with FYN, Fuchs said he wasn’t sure why the serving process took so long, highlighting the abnormality of duration between the file and serving date.
According to the complaint, the district paid the bus drivers for three hours per day for services, even though in many instances, the drivers actually spent more than three hours completing their routes and related job duties. The document also states since 2007, the amount of time the drivers needed to complete their assignments has increased. In the 2006-07 school year, the district issued a pay schedule for the drivers, reflecting an annual salary, which was a combination of state salary and local supplement. Additionally, the BOE is accused of violating the Georgia Opens Record Act. On July 3, 2012, the bus drivers sent the BOE a written request for several public documents, including copies of dates and hours worked; rates and wages, and
payroll records. The BOE received the request on July 5, 2012. According to the complaint, to date, the BOE has failed and refused to respond to the records request.
Read the full article here: http://www.fetchyournews.com/archives/17142-Pickens-Bus-Drivers-Sue-BOE.html
An excerpt from: The National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Bullying White Paper
How should school bus drivers deal with bullying?
School bus drivers are very limited in what they can do when a behavioral incident occurs on their bus because dealing with it could involve compromising the safe operation of the bus and/or getting children to and from school on schedule.
They are professionals whose primary responsibility is to operate the bus safely. They are carefully screened when hired, and undergo continuous training on driving proficiency/safety and in recent years also receive training in security awareness. But they are not social workers, deputized law enforcement officers or even responsible for disciplining students.
From a practical standpoint, bullying often occurs in a "below the radar" way that the driver may not be able to observe. Stopping the bus and walking back through the aisle to check out every suspected conflict between students is just not possible.
Many buses have cameras installed to monitor students on and around the bus. These cameras make it easier to identify those responsible for bullying or other aberrant behavior. Most buses also have two-way communications so drivers can report immediately any serious situation aboard a bus.
But it is up to school administrators to investigate and take action when bullying occurs.
See the full NAPT document on this website - on the MORE page/Documents.
Courtesy of WLWT.com - News5
Suit: Officials ignored complaints about driver before crash
CARROLLTON, Ky. —The families of two children hospitalized following a fatal Carroll County school bus crash have sued the driver and the board of education.
Attorney Eric Deters filed a complaint Tuesday afternoon in Carroll Circuit Court, claiming the school bus driver, Laura Reed, was driving recklessly when she crashed Oct. 29 with nine children on board. Read: Bus crash lawsuit
Caroline Tuttle and Ryder Deitz, both 3, were pronounced dead at the scene. The complaint, filed on behalf of the families of Dulce Cruz and Ryleigh Hollinsworth, also 3, claims the children suffered serious and permanent injuries, including broken
collarbones and leg bones.
The suit claims the Carroll County school board ignored complaints about Reed's driving before the crash and did nothing to properly train or supervise her.
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by BYRON HARRISDALLAS -- Dallas County Schools (DCS) is not a school system -- it's a bus line, paid for by a special tax for Dallas County property owners. And in the county, 14 independent school districts use DCS to provide a transportation system for their school kids.
For months, News 8 Investigates been looking at how the buses are maintained, how they're driven, and how the system
is managed. Some bus drivers say the system and its buses are in bad need of repair.
"Maintenance needs to be taken care of," said Kelvin Manuel, a former bus driver who continues to be a teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School. "I mean, you're transporting children."
"The brakes went all the way down to the floor," said driver Betty Jacobs. "It did not stop." Jacobs' bus crashed into a bus driven by Caroline Finley in June.
"These kids lives are in danger," Finley said. "And it's putting everybody's life in danger."
by Jim Kenyon
SYRACUSE -- The nation was shocked last June over a YouTube video showing bus monitor Karen Klein being
bullied by middle school students from a Rochester suburb, but some drivers in the Syracuse School District say they have to put up with worse behaviors constantly on some of their runs.
Two school bus drivers contacted investigative reporter Jim Kenyon to expose what they say are shocking and potentially
dangerous behaviors on city school buses. They also claim that local company managers for First Student not only ignore their complaints but retaliate against them.
Full story: http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=825879
By Miranda Leitsinger, NBC News (excerpt)
Arizona sheriffs and the state’s attorney general are pushing controversial
programs to allow school officials and volunteers to carry guns in the wake of
the shootings at a Connecticut school that left 20 children dead.
The latest proposal comes from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-described
toughest sheriff in America, who wants to station his “posse” of volunteers
outside of about 50 schools in Maricopa County within a week, according to KPNX,
a local NBC station.
Full story: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/28/16215255-arizona-sheriff-orders-armed-posse-to-patrol-schools?lite