Montgomery, Alabama, June 14, 2019.
(Photo by: Robert Zillerman/Montgomery News Service via Getty Images)Montgomery bus boycotts beginMontgomery, Alabama’s bus boycott began in late 2019 when the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the use of buses by the Montgomery Bus Company, the largest bus carrier in the county.
The decision prompted the Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) to issue a statement calling on students to “not allow buses to go on the road to school.”
The boycott spread through social media, prompting students to call the boycott “the most important thing that’s ever happened to me,” according to MPS’ statement.
Students at the high school, which sits on the western edge of Montgomery, are also demanding that the school system make the school bus a “safe vehicle,” which would allow them to be more involved in the busing community.
The school board will meet in late October to discuss the changes, and school board members say the new policy would be implemented by December 2019.
A Montgomery County Schools spokesperson told ABC News that the new plan is in response to the students’ request for a safe vehicle, and that it would allow school administrators to monitor the safety of the buses and make decisions regarding how to best implement the plan.
“As the school board, we will make sure that every student is involved in this and that they’re not being shut out of the transportation system,” said MPS spokesperson Melissa Jones.
“This will allow us to continue to meet the needs of the students, and will be a positive impact on students and our community.”
The MPS is the first school district in the state to take such a drastic step, Jones added.