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School bus safety videos show responses to shooter
July 25, 2014
The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios. The videos are designed to be used as a training tool for drivers to reduce potential injuries and fatalities that could result during violent acts.
12-year-old arrested after shots fired at school bus
May 6, 2014
According to police in Baton Rouge, La., a student had an altercation with another student on the bus. When the suspect gets off of the bus, he runs into his home, grabs a handgun and fires three shots at the bus. No one is injured in the shooting.
Louisiana school bus driver kidnapped at gunpoint
April 14, 2014
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, a 37-year-old man shows up at his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Monday morning and boards her school bus with a firearm as she is about to start her route. The man allegedly demands at gunpoint that the woman drive to his house and then forces her inside, but he reportedly releases her as police arrive.
NYAPT works to bolster school bus security
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.
School bus drivers train to take on active shooters
January 7, 2014
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District spent a stimulating day learning how to respond to shooters and other security threats on the bus. The session included hands-on training on how to use the bus to throw an armed intruder to the floor and even how to physically disarm or incapacitate the intruder.
Man hijacks Arkansas school bus
October 17, 2013
Nicholas John Miller boards the bus armed with a knife and commandeers the bus, driving it from Jacksonville, Ark., to Cabot, Ark., before police stop the bus. Miller is arrested and faces several charges, including a felony count of vehicle piracy, 12 felony counts of kidnapping and two felony counts of aggravated assault. Neither the bus driver nor the 11 students on the bus are injured.
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
NAPT developing enhanced security training
July 23, 2013
The association conducted a safety and security survey, which provided insight into school bus operations' current security-related training and procedures, as well as what they want more of. Executive Director Mike Martin discusses the survey results and how NAPT is using them to develop specific training.
Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery
May 28, 2013

In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.

Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
Man boards bus, leaves loaded gun magazine
April 8, 2013
Jeremy West follows a student on the Arizona district’s bus, and he convinces an adult bus aide that he is accompanying the student. After West leaves the bus, another student finds a fully loaded 9 mm magazine on the seat where West had been sitting. Police arrest him on Thursday, and the district is making changes to its policy on allowing parents on school buses.
More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.
School bus driver stops gunman from boarding
January 24, 2013
Police in Kansas City, Mo., say that the person tried to board the school bus, but the driver denied him a ride because she didn't recognize him. As the bus drove off, the person, who witnesses say appeared to be of high school age, reportedly fired several shots at the bus but didn't hit it.
School bus driver spots stun gun
December 7, 2012
The driver notices the weapon in her rearview mirror and returns to a school, where police search the students. After a tip from another student, officers reportedly find the stun gun in the backpack of a 15-year-old, who now could be expelled.
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.
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.
Police: Man makes threats over bus radio
September 20, 2012
The man breaks into the bus at a school in Danville, Vt., after crashing a car and breaking into a home, according to police. He is shot by an officer after he allegedly reaches for a holster on his hip in a threatening manner and makes a bomb threat.
Md. teen brings gun on bus, to school
September 18, 2012
Authorities take the boy into custody and say that pending review of the state’s attorney, he will be charged as a juvenile. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson is calling on gun owners to follow the law by securing their weapons from children 15 years old and younger — the boy’s grandfather is the owner of the handgun involved in the incident.
Man faces charges for school bus sniper hoax
July 23, 2012
Earlier this year, Codarrius Rayshun Brewer claimed that he ran after a person pointing a gun at buses, and that the person shot at him. Now, authorities say Brewer has admitted to fabricating the story, and charges against him include making a false report and obstruction.
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