Call for Aides, Seat Belts on All Boston School Buses

Posted on April 12, 2016

BOSTON — Parents and grandparents here are calling for the city to place monitors and seat belts on all school buses in response to fights, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior on the buses, WFXT reports.

Joanne Lewis told the news source that her 5-year-old granddaughter dreads riding the school bus because fights break out, and she gets bullied and has come home with scratches. Mary Franklin, a grandmother and activist, told WFXT that after her 5-year old granddaughter was suspended from the bus, she wanted to understand why. She got on the bus and “was shocked at what she saw.”

Franklin has received support from state representative Russell Holmes on plans to present the city with Indya’s Law, named after her granddaughter, which calls for monitors and seat belts on every school bus. She added that backers of the law have reached out to large corporations, such as McDonalds, to get funding.

A spokesman for Boston Public Schools told the news source that there were 5,866 incidents reported on buses last year, and now, 37% of the district’s bus trips have monitors or attendants on board. He added that schools can request to add attendants to bus trips on a case-by-case basis.

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Related Topics: aide/monitor, behavior management, Massachusetts, seat belts, student violence

Comments ( 2 )
  • Edward Hortsch

     | about 3 years ago

    While I am all for monitors on the school buses, I wish more people could see the videos of the crash tests with the use of both seat belts and shoulder straps. Many broken necks and many deaths. School buses are uniquely designed to protect children without these features. Someone mentioned the evacuation issue; if a bus is on fire, you have less than two minutes to get anywhere from 50 to 80 kids out of the bus, if it is a full size bus. The closer you get to the two minute limit the greater the risk of serious injury. I would not want all those injuries and deaths on my conscience. Something else to consider is that kids may use those belts as weapons, causing even more injuries. Kids have been known to cut belts as well, adding to the cost of maintaining buses. Those belts are quite spendy.

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