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Students charged for allegedly attacking bus driver
December 4, 2012
Police say six students face felony aggravated assault and assault by mob charges, while a seventh student is suspended in connection with the incident. The driver sustains serious face and head injuries.
'Legends of the Fall': partners to protect the yellow bus
December 4, 2012

NAPT is going to be very involved in making policymakers at all levels of government aware of the vexing problems created when school bus service is threatened by cuts (in dollars or routes) or eliminated.

Driver pinned between car and school bus in parking lot
December 3, 2012
Bus driver Pat Williams sustains minor injuries in last Thursday’s accident. She reportedly thought her vehicle was in park when she got out to warm up her bus, but it was in gear and it rolled when she walked behind it.
Ill. school bus driver recounts shooting
November 27, 2012
The Illinois Central School Bus driver is praised for keeping calm and keeping her passengers safe during last week’s incident, in which she says seven men surrounded the bus and were using it for cover. One student had disembarked the bus when the shooting started, and the driver ran out and retrieved her.
Another motorist drives on sidewalk to pass buses
November 27, 2012
In the wake of the well-publicized incident involving Cleveland motorist Shena Hardin, Nancy Yachanin commits a similar offense, driving down a sidewalk to get around a line of buses in front of a middle school. She is cited by police for careless operation in willful disregard for public safety.
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.

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