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Petitioning Department of Homeland Security

Require an adult other than the driver on occupied school buses.

Enough is enough! The department of homeland security is in charge of the safe schools initiative and they are failing our kids on a regular basis. Yesterday's news announced the sexual assault of a  child by two 110 year old children! The investigation including watching a video camera placed inside the school bus.

Additional stories of assault to children as young as 5 years old are becoming more and more routine. Laws are made every day about distracted drivers when referring to cellphone usage, how can we expect the driver of a bus with 50 or more students to split their attention between the students and the road?
Video cameras on buses have been useful in identifying assault only after the fact but having an adult to supervise the actions of students just makes sense. This problem of abusive actions on school buses is nation wide and some school districts actually have a policy against volunteers on buses!

An additional adult on a bus may have prevented the drunk bus drivers brought to our attention last year and they would also be available to assist in emergency situations. Right now, we rely on the oldest students on a bus, sometimes as young as 4th grade to take control of emergency evacuation and calling for help.

Let's tell DHS we are tired of abusive behavior and cameras acting as supervisors on our children's buses. Please sign this petition and pass it on to everyone you know. Our nation's children deserve better!

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