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Berlin 8th grader petitions to add 2nd bus to route

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A student in Berlin is gathering support for a petition he created to have an additional bus route added. (WFSB) A student in Berlin is gathering support for a petition he created to have an additional bus route added. (WFSB)
BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

A student in Berlin is gathering support for a petition he created to have an additional bus added to his route.

8th grader Luke Impelluso took action after he saw kids kneeling in the aisles on his bus.

The seats are supposed to fit three students, but there is not enough space in the vehicles because of the large backpacks that many kids now carry.

"They were complaining cause they had to sit in the aisles of the bus and they were standing or crowded and we even had to do three students to a seat," wrote Impelluso in the petition.

He wrote the petition by hand and his mother later posted it on social media.

"So many parents experiencing the same thing and concerned and telling me they were gonna call," said the boy's mother Kim Impelluso.

Impelluso takes his bus route on the "rust bus". Each bus is categorized by colors. 

Berlin School superintendent David Erwin said the district has been aware of the problem because school employees had also noticed the lack of space available in the buses.

"Student safety is our top priority. A school bus has a maximum capacity of 77 students. The physical capacity of the Rust bus was 59 students. Berlin Public Schools is aware of the tight seating capacity of the Rust route for our middle school. As of Monday, three consecutive stops will be transferred to another bus," said Impelluso in a statement.

A "pink bus" has already been added on the route.

Impelluso likes to think he's had a hand in the change.

"Lots of people advocate for political things and this is kind of advocating...not for political but you still advocate," said Impelluso's mother.

The district's director of business operations said during the first week it's hard to anticipate how crowded the buses will be.

This is because not all parents fill out the required form indicating their child will be on the bus.

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