Clayton County School buses equipped with broken cameras - CBS46 News

Clayton County School buses equipped with broken cameras

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CLAYTON COUNTY (CBS46) -

Thousands of Clayton County school bus riders may be traveling without a layer of protection their parents and bus drivers expect. A CBS 46 News story about a fight on a school bus uncovered a potentially wide spread problem with the camera system on Clayton County school buses.

School officials said nearly all of the district's 390 plus buses are equipped with cameras that make it difficult to determine if they are working. Apparently the only way to know if the bus's video system is working is to try and remove video from the hard drive. Last week 9-year-old Gus Jackson received a black eye after he said he was attacked by another boy on the school bus. He said the bus driver didn't do anything to stop the fight. The school district said she did. When the Jackson's asked the school district to see the video of the fight recorded by the camera on the bus, they were told the camera had been out of commission for nearly a year.

When asked how many of the district's buses were fitted with broken camera, a spokesperson said she didn't know but the district was in the process of fixing the problem.

"What we are doing is prioritizing the buses that get the new cameras. Right now we are replacing the cameras on buses that we know have broken cameras or buses we know we have incidents on, and we need to make sure they have working cameras on there," said Vicki Gavalas, with the Clayton County School District.

Gavalas said the district has replaced cameras on between 50 to 75 buses and she said officials expect to have all the buses fitted with new and improved cameras by the end of the school year.

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