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Bus routes made public worry parents

Posted August 20, 2010
Updated August 21, 2010

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— When Butner-Stem Middle School posted the details of student bus routes, in an effort to communicate with parents, some worried the information went a bit too far.

Ann Harris, who has three grandchildren in the school, says more than just parents and students could access the links.

“You have your pedophiles, your sex offenders, kidnappers,” she said.

The lists showed a student’s name and home address, where and when they caught the bus and what time they got off the bus in the afternoon.

"It is too much information,” Harris said.

Parents worried by bus routes on Web Parents worried by bus routes on Web

Stan Winborne of Granville County Schools said the links were intended to be helpful.

"Safety and security of our students are a number one priority,” he said.

After WRAL asked about the wisdom of posting that much detail online, the district removed the links.

"We did remove those links so we could investigate to make sure there was nothing improper done,” Winborne said.

"I was very upset,” Harris said. “Because we don't really know who is watching that website."

The information was online for a little more than a week.

“It should never have been put up," Harris said.

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  • wildcat Aug 24, 2010

    After WRAL asked about the wisdom of posting that much detail online, the district removed the links.

    Maybe WRAL should have notified the school before the information was posted on the web site.

  • no taco p Aug 23, 2010

    Granville County wasn't the only county that published school bus routes with student name's. Wake county also had them up for a time. When I checked my son's school and I found a list of ALL the students and bus routes/stops. It wasn't long after I called that it was removed from the schools web site.

    LAST NAME FIRST NAME BUS RUN# BUS RUN LOCATION STREET NAME

  • wildcat Aug 23, 2010

    The story was really understandable. I don't know why in this day and age the school wanted to put all that information on the web site endangering many children. Those parents that you want to reach will be reachable. The other parents that don't want to be reachable will continue to be that problem.

  • BubbaDuke Aug 23, 2010

    The title to this story could have been worded better. I had to read the story to understand what the reporter was trying to communicate.