No more deputies on Polk County school buses

School district promises to continue monitoring bus safety

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Polk County School District has decided not to put deputies on school buses during this upcoming school year despite implementing the safety protocol last year following a fight between students.

An off-duty deputy monitored the buses headed to the alternative behavioral management schools, Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center and Bill Duncan Opportunity Center for the remaining few weeks of school last year.

The Polk County School District said it made the decision after a 14-year-old boy was beaten unconscious on a bus in May.

At that time, school officials said the move wasn't permanent.

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