MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A flu outbreak is being blamed for pictures that show students sitting three to a seat and even sitting in the floor of an overcrowded school bus.
Durham School Services, the company that runs buses for the school district, said several bus drivers called out of work with flu-like symptoms. That forced one bus to take on two routes, making the bus more full than usual.
However, Durham School Services said the bus never exceeded capacity.
Pictures taken inside the bus shows students crammed together. Parents said they were told students were sitting three to a seat, and some students even had to sit or stand in the aisle.
"It's not safe, and as a parent, that's what you want," parent Amanda Arle said.
The bus in question was taking students to and from Bon Lin Middle School on Monday.
Bartlett City Schools released the following statement Thursday:
"If they're just overcrowded. I would just rather pick them up," parent Reggie Robson said.
Parents said they were not told about the flu outbreak or the school's solution to consolidate two bus routes to one bus.
"I think there needs to be a bigger line of communication between the buses and the school district," Arle said.