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Western Heights parent fed up with late school buses

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A parent says she's fed up after dealing with the issue of late school buses at the Western Heights Schools District, with one arriving to pick up students well after the first bell Friday.

Tanzy Colasanti stood with a number of kids near S.W. 48th St. on Friday morning waiting for a school bus to take them to Bridgestone Intermediate. According to Colasanti, the bus was over an hour late, which prompted her to call 911.

"Hi, I was wondering if you could send some squad cars over to S.W. 48th and Bypass to pick up eight truant kids that are running around all over the place?" Colasanti said on the phone.

She tells News 4 the bus is generally scheduled to arrive at 6:48 a.m.; however, it was nearly 8 a.m. when we caught up with her. According to a flyer sent home to parents over the summer, the school day at Bridgestone Intermediate begins at 7:35 a.m.

She claims this has been ongoing for about year, and her major concern stems from safety issues.

"Traffic’s going to start getting real bad on I-44 and people trying to get off the freeway, they don’t know this is a dead end and they come swinging through here pretty fast,"  explains Colasanti.

News 4 reached out to the Western Heights School District in regards to this issue.

Assistant superintendent Brayden Savage says like many other districts in Oklahoma, they have been going through a difficult time with bus driver shortages. We're told five drivers were absent both Thursday and Friday which caused a back-up in routes.

In a statement, Savage says "We realize that students riding these buses were late to school. We are concerned about this issue and we are diligently working to solve the problem should it arise again."