Controversial video prompts questions of local bus safety

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A controversial video of 13-year-old Florida boy being severely beaten on his school bus recently hit the internet.

Controversy began after the tape showed the bus driver did not intervene.

The video prompted 41 Action News to ask the company who runs most of the buses for local Kansas City school districts how they would handle the situation.

First Student operates buses for 16 different districts including Kansas City, Shawnee Mission and Olathe.

They released a statement on Monday saying their drivers have 40 hours of training and monthly safety meetings to equip them with how to handle dangerous situations like the one in Florida.

In part, the statement said:

"If an instance of aggressive behavior, or an emergency of any kind, occurs on one of our buses, our drivers are trained to secure the bus in a safe location and radio dispatch for assistance. Dispatch then notifies the proper authorities, whether that is local law enforcement or school officials, to respond."

Few local districts operate their own buses, but did not return our calls yet. Their policies would likely be different.

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