In the midst of a statewide bus shortage, a frustrated Ohio father has come up with a novel way to send dozens of local schoolchildren to school — offering to drop them off in his family’s limousine.
Sean Rogers Jr. said his children missed a day of school on Friday in Columbus due to a bus shortage, prompting him to volunteer his services to children throughout the city.
Rogers Jr. indicated that if parents agreed, he would take their children to school in the limousine rather than leaving them at home or on the streets.
According to local press, dozens of parents, largely from his Linden area, responded.
“Everyone is so surprised because who is this person showing up in a limo, and then they wonder who is in the back seat,” Rogers Jr. told ABC 6.
He told the newspaper that he escorted 25 little children to their schools on Monday. He took 42 students the next day.
“Everyone always wants to say let’s help the community, let’s stop this violence, that kind of thing,” Rogers Jr. told ABC 6. “But I feel like a big step in stopping the violence is getting kids to school instead of letting them skip school and go out and get into trouble.”
For many youngsters, not being able to attend school has been upsetting, especially after missing so much last year due to the pandemic.
“A little girl nearly made me weep yesterday because she cried because she missed about a week of school due to transportation, and she cried because she was so thrilled to get to school,” Rogers Jr. added.
According to ABC 6, the bus shortfall is affecting children all around central Ohio.