Bada bing, bada bus.
A group of Boston higher schools took a bus with a stripper pole and neon lights on a field trip earlier this month, reports said.
The party bus for 11th graders at Brooke Charter School was a last resort, after another bus “fell through” amid a national shortage of bus drivers, MassLive reported.
“It’s a funny story, but there actually is a real bus shortage and it speaks to major flaws in our education system,” AP Language and Composition teacher Jim M ayers wrote in a now-deleted tweet, the website stated.
He also reportedly included a photo of the kids on the bus.
“This in no way is a reflection of anyone involved in planning the trip, we were trying to have a fun day with the kids and that’s exactly what happened,” he said.
Mayers wrote in a followup tweet that he’d gotten a lot of media requests for interviews but said he felt “there is too much attention being paid to the tweet itself” and not enough to the systemic issues facing students across the country.
“I also think it’s important to note that these types of buses are often used to transport high school students,” he wrote. “Many other teachers have reached out to me saying their school has also used similar buses, especially for events like prom.”
The tweet gave fellow teachers a much-needed laugh, he said.
“If it’s gotten people talking about the overall infrastructure of our education system, and the different ways schools are prioritized, then that’s good too,” he added, and encouraged people to attend their next school board meetings, or pick up a book about education.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated the National Guard this month to address a school bus driver shortage, making up to 250 guard members available to help. The order came after requests for help in the 2021-22 school year, Baker said in an announcement.