Muskogee Public Schools is pooh poohing numerous parents’ reports of an allegedly dangerous bus driver and students so crowded onto the bus that they have to stand while the bus is moving — which goes against state rules for bus drivers.
According to one parent, bus 12 has “hit several cars this (school) year,” including one as recent as last week.
In another incident, a parent complained that students who were sitting in the aisle and standing were jarred from their positions when the driver slammed on the brakes. Another student walks 20 minutes, according to her parent, to another bus stop so she doesn’t have to stand on the bus ride to school. Other students complained that the driver routinely runs stop signs. Students apparently openly discuss “what a crazy driver he is,” according to parents. Yet another parent pulled her student from the bus after the student informed her that there were not enough seats on the bus so some students had to stand.
When asked about the numerous reports (and sent the video linked above), the schools sent the following statement:
On Monday, January 13, 2020, Muskogee Public Schools Transportation Department was made aware of a social media post regarding bus number 12 and the report has been found to be unsubstantiated. After reviewing bus camera footage and the six-second cell phone footage there has been no video evidence of a motor vehicle incident or student overcrowding. There is room for two students to a seat inside the bus. While we are appreciative of the concerns of parents and patrons, social media posts are not the appropriate venue to address safety and security.
Student safety is the utmost concern for the district and we always follow up when brought to our attention. The best way to report any issues or concerns regarding district transportation is to call the Transportation Department at 918-684-3730. MPS is always reviewing best practices in departments and will use this as an opportunity to improve.
Parents, however, say that phone number is rarely answered and messages are not returned.
The schools did not explain how, reviewing the video above, they were able to determine there is “no video evidence of ... student overcrowding,” given that the seats appear to be full with numerous students standing in the aisles as the bus is in motion.