SAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 85
in the News
Stop the violence!
KEYS can help!!
Incidents in 2006:
Johnson County, IN A bus driver is caught on tape slapping a
passenger who is a special needs student.
Torrence, CA A 9-year old student brought a gun on his school bus.
I showing it off, the gun discharged striking another student. The
injuries were not life threatening.
Temple Hills, MD A fight broke out on a bus carrying students
home. When the driver pulled over, several students fled the bus
and one of them started shooting at the bus. The bus was hit but
none of the students onboard.
Philadelphia, PA The bus driver was distracted by a fight that
broke out on the bus causing the bus to go out of control. One
adult and two students were taken the hospital for minor injuries.
Fort Morgan, CO The bus driver thought one of the Kindergarteners
on her bus had popped a balloon. When she returned to the bus
garage, she found a bullet hole in the back door and through two
seats. None of the kids were injured. A 19 year-old has
Streator, IL A bus carrying 15 members of the high school girls
basketball team was struck head-on by a truck. The truck driver
died of injuries sustained; the girls were taken the hospital as a
Nolanville, TX A nine year-old girl was sexually assaulted at her
school bus stop. It was second such assault of a young girl at the
same bus stop within 3 months.
(name withheld) A boy and girl engaged in a sex act on the bus.
The bus driver reported not knowing anything about it. The
incident only came to light after a fight on the bus ended with
the students bringing up the sex issue. A number of other students
witnessed the act but said nothing.
School Bus Hijacked
Miami-Dade, March 8, 2005
Investigators say the bus
driver was just heading out on her morning route to pick up students
when it happened. No students were on the bus at
the time of the armed carjacking. The driver told police she was
stopped at an intersection at
119th Street and
Northwest 22nd Avenue
when a man dressed in white knocked on her window, pointed a gun at
her and said, "Open the door for my friend." The driver said she saw a man
dressed in black come to the door. The two men got on the bus and
allegedly forced the woman to drive them along several streets,
including Interstate 95. The men then dropped the woman
Northwest Third Avenue
19th Street and
drove away. Police found the bus about a
block away at
Northwest Fifth Avenue
The driver was not harmed during the incident.
February 16, 2005
A 13-year-old boy stabbed his
classmate on a school bus Wednesday and was charged with
first-degree assault, while the driver who failed to notice the
attack in the back of the bus has been taken off the road.
May 11, 2004
At 2:42pm, May 11, 2004 the
Mendham Boro. Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Rt. 24
near the soccer fields for the reported bus fire. The local town workers
happened to be passing by the area just as the bus caught fire; they
quickly contacted dispatch and advised a fully involved bus fire.
They attempted to extinguish the blaze with a few extinguishers but
failed as the fire grew in intensity. It was unknown if any kids
were trapped on the bus which was on its way to a baseball game. It
quickly became evident that all the kids and bus driver escaped the
blaze with out serious injuries but needed to be checked out by the
first aid squad. The bus driver was transported to
he was further evaluated.
September 16, 2003
Boston elementary school students
were taken to Children’s
Center with breathing
problems Monday after a scuffle spun out of control on a Boston
Public Schools bus on
Brookline Police were called to the scene at the corner of Mountfort
and Carlton Streets around 4:30 p.m. after the bus driver reported
to a police dispatcher that he “couldn’t control the kids,” a
official said. Several police cars and three ambulances reported to
the scene shortly thereafter.
Police did not report how many students were involved in the melee,
but said it could have involved as many as 30 to 50 — the total
number of students on the bus.
Though there were “no major injuries,” according to the police
official, the three children were taken to the hospital because of
concerns about their breathing. Brookline Police declined to
identify the children and a Children’s Hospital official could not
disclose their conditions Monday night.
Further details on the incident were unavailable Monday night.
Boston Public Schools Spokesman Jonathan Palumbo said school
officials are not usually notified of issues on school buses until
the next day unless the situation is an “emergency.”
March 10, 2005
A 14 year old student at
came under attack Monday on a bus ride home from school. T.J. Brown
who is an 8th grader is missing a front tooth. A fellow student is
accused of throwing the punch. He has been suspended and now faces
Brown's mother, Linda King, says her son became a punching bag in
the attack. King says, "A lot of blood on clothes from what I
understand all over the bus." The alleged attack was video taped by
a camera on the bus. The tape is not being released by school
officials until privacy issues involving other students can be
The principal at Jenkins Middle told First Coast News the 7th grader
involved has been suspended from school and it is her recommendation
to have the 13 year old expelled. That decision would have to be
made by a committee that reviews such cases.
March 2, 2005
A school bus driver was shot
to death as she drove her route Wednesday morning and a male student
was taken into custody, authorities said. No students were hurt. Law enforcement sources who
spoke on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the
bus driver died. At the time of the shooting,
the bus was carrying up to 20 students, ranging from kindergarten to
12th grade, said Bill Austin, a supervisor for
Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said the
student taken into custody is 14 years old. Authorities did not
immediately give his name. The bus crashed into a utility
pole at the driveway of the student's home and knocked out power in
the rural neighborhood. A white sheet was draped across the front of
the bus and door as authorities investigated the scene. Mitchell Kern, a neighbor who
graduated from high school last year, said the student who was taken
into custody had been kicked off the bus a couple of weeks ago for
using smokeless tobacco. "He was a good kid," Kern
said. "He listened to his parents; they loved him to death."
Regardless of the
source (international terrorism, irate parent or out of control
student) Bus Drivers are faced with potential Crises every time they
run their route. They need and deserve specialized training to meet
this challenge. If your Bus Drivers have need of such training,
check out this link:
http://www.keystosaferschools.com/WorkshopsPg1.htm#bus_training and call or email
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