NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) - Parents take action after they say a Tecumseh school bus was overcrowded with students.
Parents took their children off the bus then called authorities for help.
"It's unsafe. You wouldn't allow me to pile that many kids up in my car and drive down the road with my children in the car. Why would I let them be on a bus in that situation," said Charles Obyrne, Tecumseh parent.
That is all Charles Obyrne can ask himself after what he says he saw Thursday morning as he watched his six year old son get on the school bus.
"All the kids was getting on the bus and a lot of them stopped as soon as they got up the steps and was looking around, like they had nowhere to sit," said Obyrne. "So, I looked up there and saw my little boy who's six years old sitting on the piece of the edge of the seat turned sideways with his feet in the aisle because there was four in that seat.
Obyrne says he and several parents took their kids off the bus, but says one parent stood in front of the bus stopping it from moving until deputies were called.
Sergeant Kristopher Shultz with the Clark County Sheriff's Office says a deputy did a head count.
"For that particular bus, the state certification was 72 students. I believe the maximum on that bus was 67," said Sgt. Kristopher Shultz, Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Tecumseh Local School Superintendent Brad Martin says they've made some major changes in busing since a levy failed for the tenth time earlier this month.
"I'm sure there's some frustration with the busing and there's no high school busing. The board and myself had to make a tough decision based on what we could keep in our district," said Superintendent Brad Martin, Tecumseh Local Schools. "We are making changes and we are looking at every route every day to make sure they're efficient and make sure the buses are not overcrowded."
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