ROCKAWAY, N.Y. - Parents and teachers are furious after they say their children had to endure disgusting conditions just to get to school.
Vincent Lopez and his wife wanted their daughter, Veronica, to receive the best education she could.
They chose to send her to Lawrence Woodmere Academy on Long Island, which comes at a hefty price of $32,000 a year.
While they love the education she is receiving, they were horrified to learn about the conditions of the bus that takes her from Queens to Long Island.
Eight children rode the bus that day.
School administrators say they saw vomit, feces, urine, discarded food and surgical gloves on the bus.
"Feces on the ground. Vomit on the chair. Urine smelling, and the bus driver saying, 'Get in!' And eight children sitting on one chair because it's filthy," Lopez said.
The school reached out to the bus company, RivLab, for answers.
“Our students at LWA once again were transported on a bus that was unsafe and unhealthy for any LIVING PERSON to ride on. We discussed the unclean bus last week. Once again the bus arrived in this unsanitary condition yesterday and again today. The students were crying when they arrived. The families are asking for a full refund for the remainder of the school year,” an email obtained by WPIX read.
WPIX also contacted the company's owner, who was unapologetic and denied the bus was his. He maintained that the children were transported to school safely.
"What's your definition of safe? my definition is getting them to and from school safely and we have an excellent safety reputation," Dan Rivelas said.
He eventually spoke with the driver and blamed the mess on the children who ride the bus, adding that he will not compensate parents in any way.