(Memphis) “Tomorrow it’s gonna be really, really cold. These kids gotta get out and go to school,” says Marshall County mother Lorine Wooten.
She is a worried mom.
As the temperatures drop she gets more worried about her 3 sons in Marshall County Schools.
“The kids came home Wednesday talking about how cold it was on the bus. I said there is no heat on the bus. He said no, no heat,” says Wooten.
In freezing temps, she says kids have been riding ice-cold school buses in Marshall County.
“I was talking to a parent the other day. She was telling me how cold their hands were. A lot of parents don’t realize you could easily get frost-bitten like that,” says Wooten.
She says she the Director of Transportation told her they were working on the problem, but that was weeks ago.
“They did tell me Monday of this week they had a heater they were gonna install for me, but what about the other buses. They don’t have heat,” says Wooten.
Marshall County’s School Superintendent wasn’t available to talk with WREG,
He sent a statement saying, “All buses in the Marshall County School District fleet are equipped with heaters. Due to extremely cold weather as of late, the district has begun adding extra units on some buses within the fleet in an attempt to ensure buses are warm, which may have caused some to think that we did not have heaters on buses. Possibly this is where the confusion has arisen, but all buses within our fleet were purchased with and are equipped with heaters.”
Wooten’s not buying that and says students have endured cold bus rides since the first of the year, with no relief.
She even started taking her kids to and from school herself.
“Everybody should have heat on their buses. How would they like their kids riding buses with no heat? We pay taxes here in Marshall County. We deserve what other counties have,” says Wooten.
She says there “is” a problem and when you are talking about the safety of children it’s one problem too many.
We contacted transportation officials for Shelby County and Desoto County Schools and were told all their school buses have heat.