Bullies make for an uncomfortable ride for some Norwalk students
Bullies on a school bus in Norwalk have one mother very upset. She says her sons are to the point of being afraid to get on that bus to go the school. Since 5-year-old Amaris and 6-year-old Karon McCollum began riding bus 425 to Fox Run Elementary School a month ago, they've been repeated victims of some bullies. Their mother, Jennifer Monahan, tried to speak to the bus driver but says she got nowhere. And the Norwalk School District does not mandate a monitor for every bus. Laidlaw Bus Company Operations Manager Michael Carter says the company works together with the schools. He claims if a driver observes something, he writes up a conduct report and the discipline comes from the school. At Fox Run Elementary School, Principal Alfred Treidel says they are addressing the issues in this case. Treidel claims on that particular bus as is the case with many of the buses, the school do have assigned seating. He added that when there are difficulties for specific students, they do have preferential assigned seating where they are in reasonable surveillance of the bus driver.Treidel says they've had four or five incidents like this since school began this year where they've taken what he calls significant action, including suspending bus riding privileges for bullies.