Students ask for seat belts on their school bus

First graders in Pennsylvania are asking lawmakers to require school buses in the state have seat belts.
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First graders in Pennsylvania are asking lawmakers to require school buses in the state have seat belts.

Credit: Roselie/Pixabay

Credit: Roselie/Pixabay

Some elementary school students are taking their safety into their own hands.

Rylie Secor is in first grade at Riverside Elementary West.

Rylie and her classmates spoke to their newest state lawmaker to help get seat belts installed on all school buses in Pennsylvania, WNEP reported.

Rep. Bridget Kosierowski hasn’t been sworn in yet, but her first official day as a state representative after winning a special election was spent at Rylie’s school talking to the students about their efforts in the name of safety.

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Rylie showed Kosierowski photos why she wants the restraints on her bus after she fell out of her seat earlier this year and suffered two black eyes.

"The bus hit something like a curb, and I fell out of my seat and I hit something sharp," Rylie told WNEP.

Kosierowski said it was a good reason to speak with her youngest constituents.

"As a nurse and a lawmaker, this is a good combination for me to come in here today and talk to these kids and their needs and safety," Kosierowski told WNEP.

Rylie and the rest of her class gave letters to Kosierowski to take to the state Capitol.

While Rylie and the students may not see any issue with installing the safety devices, the school superintendent said there could be some cons.

"If they're attached with a seat belt on and you're trying to get out of the bus, it's going to be hard for young students to release that belt, so that's a con," Riverside Superintendent Paul Brennan told WNEP. He also said it costs money to get the seat belts on buses.

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