Bibb Bus-Stop Fight Affects Service for Two Schools

2:23 PM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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Some students at two Bibb County schools didn't get rides to school Thursday morning because of a fight at a bus stop.

That's according to a news release from the school district.

They say it happened around 6:30 a.m. at a stop at 3775 Houston Ave.

Students from Rutland Middle School and Rutland High School get picked up there.

"In order to protect the safety of the students already on the bus, the driver did not stop to pick up additional riders where the fight was occurring," the news release says. "As a result, some students were not provided school bus transportation."

Kimberly Walker says her daughter, who attends Rutland High, was one of the kids who missed school because the bus didn't pick them up.

She says her daughter says fights are a common occurrence there.

She said, "I'm afraid for her. I do not rest until I hear from her in the afternoon because these days kids are bringing weapons to school."

But she was angered that her daughter missed school.

"My child's education is being hampered when she didn't have anything to do with the fight."

"They need to put one of the Bibb county campus police at that bus stop until they can solve the mess about the fights. It's not fair for the kids that are not involved in it."

Buses will return to their regular schedule Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, the district says.

There is no word on possible injuries, arrests or charges from the fight.

The release says Macon police are investigating.

School officials did not return our phone calls.

This is at least the fourth violent episode at or near a Bibb County school bus in the past two weeks.

On Sept. 14, a teen on a bike fired shots in the air near a bus stop.

On the 19th,  campus police needed pepper spray to break up a fight outside Howard High School.

And on Tuesday, a 13-year-old allegedly assaulted a bus driver.

Students now face charges in all three cases.

A recent safety report by a consultant said the district's drivers are concerned about trouble on the bus and say they need more help and training to cope with it.




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