School bus vandalism by children branded as 'completely out of control'

School bus vandalism by children branded as 'completely out of control'

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:55am 10th October 2019. (Updated at 9:55am 10th October 2019)

Arm rests have been ripped out and tray tables torn from the backs of seats on school buses travelling to Portland.

Bluebird Coaches are contracted by Dorset Council to transport children from Portland and Wyke Regis to the Atlantic Academy.

But only a few weeks into the new term they say arm rests have been ripped out and tray tables torn from the backs of seats.

They now plan to install CCTV.

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Damage caused to Bluebird Coaches school bus service to the Atlantic Academy

A spokesperson for Bluebird Coaches said:

"Our priority is always the children's safety and our drivers' welfare at all times.  

The children not sitting down with their seat belts on when requested is causing a distraction for our drivers.
 
"The level of damage on these school coaches is atrocious.

"Some children are completely out of control. 
 
"We are installing CCTV into the coaches and with the help of the academy and council we will identify the culprits."

Once identified, children's parents will be contacted to try to resolve any problematic behaviour.

If that doesn't work they could get a temporary or a lifetime ban.

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A spokesperson for Atlantic Academy said:

"We expect our pupils to behave with good manners, respect and courtesy.  

"This will involve them being calm, patient, considerate of other users of the bus and positive representation of Atlantic Academy."

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Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council's portfolio holder for Highways, travel and environment, said:

"The children who are damaging the bus are putting themselves and other travellers in danger.

"As soon as they take their seats every child should put on their seat belt so in the event of a traffic incident they stay in their seats.

"If not secured and something happens that child can cause injury to themselves and others."