Students claim stranded by bus
MORE than 20 Tweed River High School students were allegedly left stranded on Friday afternoon when their bus driver refused to take them home because they did not have bus passes.
Julie Hall was one of many concerned parents whose children failed to arrive home from school on the bus on Friday.
“I go to great pains to make sure my child is safe only for her to be left on the side of the road,” Mrs Hall said.
“I can't believe someone would put my child at risk.
“You would expect there is a chain of duty of care that lasts till they get home.”
Mrs Hall said her daughter and more than 20 Year 7 students were refused travel because, having just started at a new school, they had not yet been given bus passes.
“What were they supposed to do? They hadn't been given one yet,” Mrs Hall said.
“They are only 12 years old; they didn't know what to do, it's not their fault.”
Surfside Buslines said they called the driver as soon as they were contacted by Mrs Hall, but the driver reported there had been no child left behind and that school staff had given him the all-clear to depart.
Surfside has confirmed with the school that Mrs Hall's daughter's bus pass was at the school office on Friday ready for collection.
A Surfside spokeswoman said Mrs Hall's daughter and her friends may have simply made a mistake.
“It is possible the girls assumed incorrectly they would not be allowed entry because an ‘inspector' was checking for passes, and with that information perhaps they have left the bus bay,” she said.
“Parents and guardians need to advise their child- ren to listen carefully to what the driver is saying and to not walk away from the service until the matter has been fully resolved.”
Surfside Buslines' policy states that no student will be refused travel, and students' names are recorded if they are unable to produce their pass.
TRHS principal Narelle Howell said there were no reports from teachers on duty concerning students being refused travel.