A school principal has warned that one of his pupils will be killed if the new school transport system is introduced.
Principal of Glenswilly National School in Co Donegal, Liam McGowan, has already told parents to ignore any invoices they get from bus companies for the new school term.
Under new guidelines children living less than two miles from the school will now have to pay €200 to get a bus compared to the current fee of €50.
Parents who cannot afford the extra payment will now be forced to drive their children to school each morning or make them walk.
Mr McGowan said there will now be a huge volume of cars pulling up outside the school and a fatal accident is inevitable.
“Children will have to walk to school which is out the question or be brought by car.
“There is already a large volume of cars and buses pulling up outside what is a very busy road. This is going to add a huge number of cars to traffic.
“There is no doubt in my mind that down the line a fatality will happen around the school,” he warned.
The school opened 38 years ago after five local schools were amalgamated.
Principal McGowan said the only reason the schools were brought together was because of a pledge by the Government to provide free transport for children.
The parents committee from the school are to meet with Junior Education Minister Ciaran Cannon next week to voice their fears.