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JMCSS Bus Capacity Questioned

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON Tenn.- Parents of North Parkway Middle School students are questioning if their children are safe on Jackson-Madison County school buses.

Parents who did not want to be identified shared cell phone video taken by their child, on Monday, that showed students hanging off their seats, and some even sitting in the aisle.

"No! That is not safe! They could have hit those brakes and that child could have gone through the windshield and how would he explain that to the parent, 'Oh, your child went through the windshield because he was sitting in the aisle,'" said concerned mother Carolyn Driver while watching the video.

According to the child who took the video, 66 children were riding the bus that Monday.

Transportation Supervisor of Jackson-Madison County Schools, Grant Ward, said the bus was overcrowded but it was up to the bus driver to let that many students on board, "Everybody was in a seat, we had book bags in the aisle, and arms were out in the aisle, and we don't like that."

Ward was on campus to check the buses for overcrowding on Thursday, and says a second bus was added to the route in question.