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Do you feel comfortable letting your children travel on a school bus?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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11 Students Hurt, 3 in Critical Condition After 'Fast-Moving' School Bus Crashes

by Lisa Fogarty

The parents of 11 middle school children in California are probably holding their kids a lot tighter this morning after learning that the school bus taking them home from an after-school activity crashed, leaving 11 students and the bus driver hurt -- 3 in critical condition. The incident sounds like an absolute nightmare -- the bus jumped a curb, collided into trees and a lamp post, and landed tilted on its side. The young passengers and bus driver were then told the vehicle was leaking gasoline. They rushed to evacuate the bus before something even more catastrophic could happen.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the vehicle to spiral out of control, but one witness claims the school bus was traveling so fast it appeared to leap into the air.

In total, 11 seventh and eighth grade students were hurt -- 2 of whom are in critical condition -- and the bus driver, who had to be cut from the bus and pulled to safety through its windshield, is also in critical condition. Some students were reportedly unconscious when help arrived, while others had been knocked around and had blood on them. One girl reportedly suffered from a missing toe and a gash on her head. 

The bus was equipped with seat belts, but no one is sure exactly how many students were strapped into their seats -- which makes me wonder if safety belt rules were taken seriously and whether some of these horrific injuries could have been prevented.

Cops report that skid marks were not visible on the road, which leads them to believe the driver didn't brake while the bus was crashing. Or maybe he tried to stop the vehicle and his brakes failed him? A witness says the driver and students were screaming for help from the bus windows, which makes me guess the driver somehow lost control of the bus or it wasn't functioning -- even though it reportedly passed inspection just a few months ago.

The bottom line is: we don't have all of the answers at this point. But we can be thankful that most of the students' injuries weren't severe and that no one lost their lives in this horrible accident.

What do you think caused this school bus to spin out of control? Do you feel comfortable letting your children travel on a school bus?

by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM
We live in a small town, our buses don't travel at more than 40 mph, but yes I would still worry about them anyway. Luckily our schedules allow us to take and pick up our kids to and from school.
by Anonymous 1 on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

They both rode the bus until they could drive.  I can't believe how many parents drive their kids.  The traffic jams are awful when I did have to run mine to school with a project or something.  I couldn't do that every day for 13 years. 

by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 10:13 AM
I really don't trust busses to transport my children to school safely, so, I take them myself. The school is less than five minutes from my home and doesn't take more than 10 minutes back and forth.
I also don't like the fact that they have Kinder-5th graders together on the busses. Same with 6-12th graders riding on busses together. IMHO, those age gaps are just asking for trouble.
I don't have a problem taking them to school, and I'm a SAHM, so, I'm free and able to do it.
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I was a bus driver before a nurse and 90 percent of all bus drivers take their job very seriously . Buses do malfunction but not every driver is always on their game so sometimes accidents happen ! 

by on Apr. 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM
The thing is there are risks in anythingso I don't panic.
Yes. My kids took the bus in the 80's.
. Last spring my daughter who doesn't trust buses e was hit by a car when driving her kids to school. Their mini van was totaled.
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by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I'm often nervous with so many bus accidents in my area.  We're considered country, but have a ton of developments and businesses so the population is pretty high for all the 50mph country roads.  The buses FLY down my road and I often think there is no way they could stop if a car pulled out in front.  I just have to pray that my driver is driving safely and put it in God's hands.  

by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Yes. We live in a small town and I have known the kids' bus driver for years/ Ever since my 25 year old was a freshman in high school.

by on Apr. 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

No, I never did. I saw and experienced how awful some of the bus drivers drove and decided to drive my kids to school myself. If they were going on a field trip, I'd chaperone to keep an eye on the driving. Some bus drivers are really reckless and speed and I've seen enough to say no thanks, I'll drive my children around myself. 

by on Jun. 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM
I see no reason not to trust them but I don't use them since we homeschool. Accidents can happen no matter what mode of transportation you are using. Every I hear about an accident involving children I am thankful we arrived safe at home after a field trip.
by Carin on Jun. 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM

We live too close to the school for bussing, so I either drive him or we walk.

Earlier this school year though, for field trips, I asked him if he wanted to ride the bus, but he said he would rather ride with me.

DH and I are just very cautious about letting others drive him, around, whether it be on a bus or someone else's vehicle. For example, family members don't take car seat (or booster) safety as seriously as we do, so they are the least that we trust. I'd feel somewhat safer with him riding a bus if they would at least install seatbelts.

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