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"Unauthorized entry illegal" warning sign posted on a Shelby County school bus. (abc3340.com) "Unauthorized entry illegal" warning sign posted on a Shelby County school bus. (abc3340.com)
Judy Clark believes school bus safety should be improved no matter the cost. (abc3340.com) Judy Clark believes school bus safety should be improved no matter the cost. (abc3340.com)
Bucky Law, the president of Transportation South, says buses are safer than you might think. (abc3340.com) Bucky Law, the president of Transportation South, says buses are safer than you might think. (abc3340.com)
Margo Hamrick (abc3340.com) Margo Hamrick (abc3340.com)
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"I want my children to be safe," Judy Clark said. "When they're going to school...and I want them to be safe on their way home."

In a perfect world, it's the reassurance Clark would get.

"I want to be 100 percent sure that they're going to be safe and nothing is going to happen," she said.

But it's not a perfect world...it's reality.

She knows bus safety is not guaranteed, but she believes it could be improved.

"There's always room for improvement," she said. "Now, when it costs money, I'm sure that causes a lot of issues because the budgets, as we know, are always getting decreased."

Bucky Law, the president of Transportation South, says buses are safer than you might think.

"You're much safer on this school bus, going to and from school, than you are in your own automobile," he said.

Every year he says buses are getting safer thanks to federal and state guidelines.

Bus drivers are also trained.

"The driver is trained to hopefully protect those kids in the event that somebody does try to get on or off," he said.

But Law says no matter how many measures you put on buses to help ensure safety, there's no definitive way to keep everyone on board safe.

"Just like robbing a bank or committing any other kind of violent crime...if he's got it in his mind he's going to hurt somebody...he's going to hurt somebody," Law said.

Mother Margo Hamrick agrees, even though she thinks buses are safe.

"It seems like if somebody wants to do something...they're going to do it, yeah," she said.

But Clark says changes must be made no matter the cost.

"For our children...priceless," she said. "But, can taxpayers and communities and everybody else that's involved with the finances see it that way? I don't know."

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