Fights on the school bus were so common that I stood up
Rather than find a seat on the bus I stood up because as often as not that's why the losers were fighting. I figured it only took a half hour to get to my house and since I had been sitting all day I could just stand up until enough kids got off the bus and made seats available.
It didn't work. The troublemakers figured out what I was doing and started trouble with me anyway. In my day they didn't have adults monitoring the bus.
I don’t really have advice for you, I don’t ride the bus.
Ok listen to the comment below, obviously mine is not helpful.
I graduated several years ago. The problem is gone obviously. The memories are not good to say the least. Being shoved, spit on and threatened for no reason was really really bad.