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Teen charged in school bus shooting
November 27, 2012
According to a Miami Herald report, the 15-year-old accused in last week’s fatal shooting had sneaked the gun to school before and shown it to classmates. He is charged with manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon, although prosecutors have not yet decided whether to charge him as an adult.
13-year-old girl dies after school bus shooting
November 20, 2012
According to Miami-Dade police, the girl is shot in a private school bus on Tuesday morning and later succumbs to her injuries in the hospital. Responding officers apprehend the alleged shooter and recover the firearm. The other children on the bus, including the victim’s 7-year-old sibling, are not injured.
Suspects identified in bus vandalism case
November 20, 2012
Authorities in Gonzales, Texas, arrest 17-year-old Layne Navarro and detain two other minors in connection with the incident, which occurred earlier this month. The 14 Gonzales Independent School District buses were broken into, and the onboard fire extinguishers were discharged.
Cleveland City Council aims to increase bus-passing penalties
November 20, 2012
Councilman Kevin Conwell introduces an ordinance that would upgrade the violation from a minor misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and a license suspension of up to three years. Conwell and his colleagues push for the measure following motorist Shena Hardin’s bus-passing violation and "idiot sign" sentence.
NTSB releases 2013 Most Wanted list
November 15, 2012
The agency’s annual list for recommended improvements in safety for all modes of transportation prioritizes such issues as eliminating distracted driving. NTSB cites the fatal 2010 Gray Summit, Mo., crash involving two school buses, in which distraction was determined to be the probable cause of the initial collision.
Mom boards school bus, receives court summons
November 15, 2012
According to a commander at Fort Drum, N.Y., the bus driver asked the mother to wait for her daughter to come back to the front of the bus to get her lunch money, but the mother forced her way onto the bus. Some parents who say they were at the scene criticize the bus driver’s handling of the incident and say they were unaware that it is against the law to board a school bus.
Woman sentenced for fatal bus-passing accident
November 15, 2012
Shirley McManners is sentenced to one year in prison and 14 years of probation for the December accident in which she struck and killed 17-year-old Brandy Hart after she exited her school bus. McManners pled guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide and apologized to Hart’s family.
Bus driver has student pick up gun
November 13, 2012
The driver asks the student to disembark the bus on the way to school to check out an object on the side of the road, and when it’s discovered that it’s a weapon, the driver asks the student to bring it to him. School officials report that the driver, who's now out of a job, allegedly said that he was going to take the weapon to his bus company’s dispatch office.
What to do when students act out
November 13, 2012

Expanding discipline policies to cover both transportation and campus life, providing crisis intervention training to staff and sharing relevant student information with the right personnel will help minimize student violence on the bus and in the classroom.

District preps for winter with safety competition
November 8, 2012
Bus drivers at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., compete in the “Chain Championship” to be the best and fastest at getting chains on their buses’ tires. The competition is part of the transportation department’s priority to transport students to and from school during the winter months without incident.
Agency publishes new standard for Canadian school buses
November 7, 2012
The D250-12 standard from the Canadian Standards Association will take effect June 1, 2013, and will apply to buses manufactured on or after that date, according to the Ontario School Bus Association. The changes include requirements for handrails at the service door entrance, and exterior mirror requirements are changed to include a remote control for the side rearview mirrors.
Motorist in bus-passing incident must wear ‘idiot’ sign
November 7, 2012
Shena Hardin is ordered by a judge to wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" at the intersection where she drove on a sidewalk to pass a stopped bus. She must also pay $250 in court costs, and her license has been suspended for 30 days.
NAPT names winners of annual poster contest
November 6, 2012
The theme of this year’s contest was “Stand Back From the Yellow and Black.” Cesar Davila of Brownsville, Texas, takes first place in Division III and is the overall winner of the contest.
Stop-arm sweep ends with 7 citations
November 6, 2012
West Virginia state troopers tag along on school bus routes with stop-arm running problems during National School Bus Safety Week. On more than half of the targeted routes, violators receive tickets and fines.
Ore. bus driver logs 41 years of safe driving
November 6, 2012
Sherren Wargnier also serves as a driver trainer for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., and she works as a third-party tester for CDL applicants. She tells SBF what has contributed to her safe practices behind the wheel, and officials from the Oregon Department of Education weigh in on her career as well.
Driver safely stops bus after plywood shatters windshield
November 5, 2012
As Neil Reichenbach is traveling west in his bus on a highway and meets a truck traveling east, he says the plywood “flew off.” It strikes the bus, and the windshield wraps around Reichenbach, who manages to get to the side of the road.
Texting cited in teen’s fatal crash into bus
November 1, 2012
Deianerah "D.J." Logan, 17, was killed when she rear-ended a school bus in September. An investigation finds that the teen was texting at the time. Her family says in a statement that “we would much rather be grounding her for this mistake than never hearing her laughter fill the house again.”
Ore. bus driver praised for actions to prevent accident
November 1, 2012
As Pam Alley’s bus is stopped on a two-lane highway while students are crossing the road, she notices a log truck approaching from behind the bus, and it is not slowing down. After the students clear the road, Alley swerves to the left as the truck driver veers off the road to the right, reportedly missing the bus by inches.
2 killed in Ky. school bus accident
October 31, 2012
An initial investigation by the Kentucky State Police into Monday’s crash shows that the bus left the roadway for reasons that are unknown, partially overturned onto its side and then hit a tree. Officials say that the bus was equipped with seat belts, and it appears that they were in use by all occupants at the time of the crash.
Analysis finds buses speeding in school zones
October 30, 2012
Automated speed cameras are installed in school zones in Baltimore, and $40 tickets are issued to vehicles recorded driving at least 12 mph over the speed limit. The Baltimore Sun reports that county public school buses have triggered the cameras more than 100 times in the past two years, privately owned buses have received at least 800 citations and city-owned buses have accumulated more than 50.

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