Apollo Beach, Florida -- Angry words were greeted by applause Monday night as almost 100 school bus drivers and maintenance workers met in Apollo Beach to talk about antiquated buses, student safety, and a lack of respect.
"What really pisses me off is you calling people riders," said one school bus driver.
"Instead of throwing each other under the bus all the time, let's stand up together," said another driver.
They claim they have approached the Hillsborough County School District with a plethora of problems, buy they say the administration is dismissive.
"I was offended by Ms. Olsen making that statement on the board, so I'm glad you're here, Ms. Olsen, because that district where I drove, we have significant issues," said one frustrated driver.
The biggest issue, they say, is student safety because of an aging bus fleet. In the past few years, the district has only purchased 28 new buses, but John Saffold, who's been a district supervisor for more than 33 years, says that is a mere sliver of what they had in the past.
"Prior to that we were getting 120-125 per year," said Saffold.
Hillsborough County School board member April Griffin hosted the event, and acknowledged solving the challenges isn't simple.
"It's not just one fix. There's a lot of different things that need to be done to solve the myriad of issues we have in this district," Griffin said.