Trip for students at Belington Middle School runs into problems related to transportation company

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BELINGTON, W.Va. – Belington Middle School’s eighth grade trip had issues with its transportation throughout the entire event.

According to Barbour County Superintendent Jeff Woofter, Belington Middle School hired a transportation company to handle the school’s eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. and Six Flags America.  However, the first leg of the trip was met with difficulty as the bus was pulled over Thursday by Hardy County deputies, according to Woofter.

The transportation company’s driver said he “hadn’t slept in 24 hours,” and students riding the bus were later picked up by a school bus from Hardy County’s school system, according to Woofter.  Later, the transportation company sent a bus to Hardy County to pick up the students and continue their trip to Washington, D.C., according to Woofter.

On Friday morning, the transportation company was supposed to take the students to Six Flags, but it never showed up, according to Woofter.  Another school’s buses took the students to the amusement park, where the transportation company was supposed to pick up the students to return home.  However, Woofter said that has since changed, and the transportation company, which he declined to name, will not be taking students back to Barbour County.

The Hampshire County school system sent four buses to pick up the students, and they will wait at the Hampshire County bus garage until Barbour County’s school buses can arrive to take them home, according to Woofter.

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