Officers now on several JCPS buses as bus drivers fear for their safety

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by WHAS11

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Posted on May 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 14 at 6:43 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Sworn law enforcement officers are now riding on several Jefferson County Public School buses.

The union that represents bus drivers said the situation on some school buses is so bad right now the drivers are in fear for their own safety.

“It’s getting to the point now they feel threatened in their job nobody should feel that way driving a school bus with children,” John Stovall, president Teamsters Local 783, said. The union represents many of the JCPS bus drivers. “I’ve got bus drivers that are retired police officers retired police officers coming to me saying they don’t feel safe operating some of these buses in some of these areas.”

JCPS confirmed there are now off duty sworn law enforcement officers on two Frost Middle School buses.

Stovall said there are also officers on buses from Kammerer Middle School too.

He said the issues on the bus have been escalating recently and having officers on board is one of the best ways to ensure safety for everyone.

“They can't operate a school bus at 45,000 pounds up to 60 kids on the bus and be a disciplinary too,” Stovall said.

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