Buses Freeze Up With Cold Temperatures

6 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, December 16 2010 Dec 16, 2010 Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:08:13 AM CST December 16, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - The bus to pick up 11-year-old Austin Gwynn never showed up Monday, leaving him waiting in four degree weather with a -11 wind chill. More than 10 percent of the Columbia Public Schools 150 buses didn't start Monday morning. First student, the company that runs the buses, blamed the cold weather and the fact that the buses weren't used over the weekend.

First student, the company that runs the buses, blamed the cold weather and the fact that the buses weren't used over the weekend.

Gwynn waited for 35 minutes before texting his mother to tell her that the bus never showed up. She then had to arrange for an alternate form of transportation. It wasn't until 10:15 that his mother was able to confirm that the bus didn't start. She said later that had her son not texted her she doesn't know when she would have found out.

"Even if it's a text messaging system or an automated voice system for those parents on specific buses, but parents need to be notified. We can't let those kids stand out for 35 minutes in below freezing temperatures," Austin's mom, Jaime Sleper said.

First Student says that tomorrow they will be starting the buses earlier to make sure this doesn't happen again. The Columbia Public School also said it is exploring the option of sending out alerts by bus route when problems occur.

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