Concern over Midhurst bus students

Dr Joe Vitagliano MRC principal
Dr Joe Vitagliano MRC principal
  • Midhurst Rother College is working with Stagecoach to address concerns
  • A Barnham mother says she daughter has to suffer inappropriate behaviour on her journey to Godalming
  • Stagecoach says the comfort and safety of its passengers are very important to the company

Midhurst Rother College and Stagecoach are working together to address a complaint about the standard of student behaviour on public buses.

Jo Mansfield, of Barnham, has complained her daughter, who travels to Godalming College, is forced to suffer inappropriate behaviour.

Recently she said a group of boys were playing football at the bus stop waiting for the bus to arrive: “The ball was kicked into the centre of the high street, and the boys ran in front of moving traffic, which had to brake hard, to retrieve the ball.”

She added: “the students have no respect for the public and are constantly pushing in to the front of the queue, pushing and shoving one another into seats, shouting up and down the bus, and using foul language.

“Their lack of manners and respect for elders is unbelievable.”

In an email to Midhurst Rother College principal Dr Joe Vitagliano, she said: “I would like to ask you and your students, why they feel it is acceptable to travel on a public bus, and have no respect for the property or the people on it?”

The pupils’ behaviour could cause a serious accident, added Mrs Mansfield: “It only takes a second for a driver to be distracted to cause the bus 
to crash.”

She has suggested issuing students with travel cards to identify them and if they misbehave, they could be banned from travelling on the bus.

She has also suggested the college should consider providing its own transport or a school conductor provided to travel with the students.

Dr Joe Vitagliano told the Observer: “We have contacted Ms Mansfield to thank her for her email. Even though Ms Mansfield was not travelling on the bus, we are following up the issues that she has raised. We work closely with Stagecoach Buses and our parents to ensure matters related to student transport are addressed.”

A spokesman for Stagecoach said: “The comfort and safety of our passengers is very important to us. The college staff have been very proactive and we are working with them to address the concerns raised.”

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