Parents upset by lack of response from school system after bus fire

One day after a Montgomery County school bus caught fire, some parents are outraged that they still haven't heard from school officials. Students claim the bus driver wouldn't let them off the bus.

Thursday night, parents told FOX 5 a serious incident which has been taken lightly by the school district, which says the bus driver acted appropriately.

More than a dozen students were on the school bus, which was headed to James Hubert Blake High School on Wednesday morning when flames broke out.

Just hours after the incident, FOX 5 spoke with several students who say once the bus driver pulled over, they weren't allowed off the bus.

One mother whose son was aboard the bus spoke to FOX 5 anonymously, for fear of retaliation. Her son and several other students assured FOX 5 the bus is equipped with cameras-- at least one camera facing the bus driver and the steering wheel. We asked Montgomery County Public Schools to see the footage from inside the bus. A spokesperson responded, "I am told that this bus did not have a camera and therefore there is no video to provide you."

Yet still, parents are left with resounding questions.

"I want to know why they didn't let the kids off the bus," the mother told us. "I want to know why the bus driver stood in front of the main entrance door and told them they could not get out."

Montgomery County Public Schools tells FOX 5 the bus driver "did let the students off the bus once he was in a safe location." Parents argue the safest way out would have been through the front door, which would have let them out toward a field, rather than the students having to self-evacuate through a side door onto busy Briggs Chaney Road.



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