Student told school bus was full - sent home

April 28, 2010 5:43:52 AM PDT
A Fayetteville student says she was removed from the school bus, but not for fighting or misbehaving.She claims the school bus driver removed her from the bus because it was too crowded, leaving the girl stranded.

The student, LaDonna Ball, says her school bus is always crowded.

"On a normal day, I get on the bus and I have about this much room on the seat," she said.

Last Wednesday, she says the bus driver told her there was no room for her on the bus.

"I had to get off the bus, because she said the bus was overcrowded," Ball said. "But I'm on her regular roster so I don't think I should have been put off the bus."

Ball is a student at Lewis Chapel Middle School. Her mother Donna Ball says she takes LaDonna to the bus stop and stay's with her until the bus arrives.

Last Wednesday, she says she watched her daughter get on the bus only to have her ringing the front doorbell a few minutes later.

"I said I can't believe the bus driver put you off, because it was overcrowded," she said. "And I said, 'Why did you get put off the bus,' she said 'Momma I didn't do anything.'"

"It frightens me then I am angry, and then I'm concerned about other students that are on the bus," Donna Ball added. "The parents may not know that bus is crowded."

Now, she says she wonders how many other busses may be over crowded.

ABC11 Eyewitness news tried to contact the assistant principal in charge of bussing, but was told Kimberly Strong had gone home for the day.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Director for Cumberland County schools, Al Miller, told ABC11 that he was only made aware of the incident Tuesday afternoon and said he would investigate the incident first thing in the morning.

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