A concerned parent reached out to the Daily Sun regarding unsafe conditions on a Rice ISD school bus during a recent trip to McGregor for middle school and high school band students.

According to students' accounts and photos, the bus was dangerously overcrowded, forcing them to sit on the bus floor or stand. One picture shows students trying to help a child sit up to avoid being crushed by other students and gear during the almost two-hour bus ride.

The Daily Sun contacted the district, which issued the following statement:

“Our top priority is student safety and our policy is to follow all state and federal laws and requirements while operating a school bus,” stated Amy Harvell, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

“We are aware of the situation and the bus driver is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

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