Virginia Beach mother concerned after seeing overcrowded bus with 4 kids to a seat


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It’s back to school for so many Hampton Roads students, and with the first day comes transportation kinks.

One Virginia Beach mother says she is concerned about what happened Tuesday morning on her child’s school bus. She says there were four kids to a seat, and children were standing in the aisle when the school bus picked up her children for their first day at Great Neck Middle School.

Kira Bertram says the bus driver picked up her kids on an overcrowded bus and shortly after the bus driver pulled over at Marlin Bay and Mystic Cove.

“I told them I was going to call the police, I wasn’t going to let her drive away and the bus driver was more than willing to sit there, she agreed there were too many kids on the bus to drive like that and  I wasn’t going to make her drive off with that many children on the bus standing up,” said Bertram. 

Bertram says another bus showed up merely because that driver was checking on the overcrowded bus that was pulled over. She says some kids were moved onto the second bus.     

A Virginia Beach school district spokeswoman tells 10 On Your Side that dispatch did receive a radio call about an overloaded bus. 

She said that the bus driver followed protocol and another bus was sent. The spokeswoman went onto say the district works tirelessly to work out the kinks in the first couple of days and fix issues of overcrowding.

According to the district, there are 3,400 bus routes across the city.

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