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November 13, 2012  |   Comments (2)   |   Post a comment

Bus driver has student pick up gun


ROBBINSDALE, Minn. — A school bus driver is out of a job after he made an unscheduled stop while on his route and instructed a student to pick up something on the side of the road, which turned out to be a gun, Star Tribune reports.

Last Thursday morning, the driver was on his way to Robbinsdale Middle School when he spotted the object. He then told a seventh-grader to exit the bus to see what it was. The item found was a gun, according to the news source, and the driver instructed the student to pick it up and bring it to him.

In a letter to parents on Thursday, John Cook, principal of Robbinsdale Middle School, said that the student did as he was told, and then the bus continued on to the school. The driver then told the bus supervisors at the school about the incident and allegedly stated that he would be taking the weapon to the dispatch office of his employer, Minnesota Transportation Network (MTN).

Cook said that the incident was being investigated by police and MTN.

“I commend this student for being respectful, as we teach our students to follow instructions of adults who are responsible for students’ well-being,” he added. “However, this was not a safe situation, and the district has been working throughout the day with both police and MTN in order to fully address this serious matter.”

Tashitaa Tufaa, supervisor of MTN, told the Star Tribune that the driver is no longer working for the company.

Cook encouraged parents to talk to their children about situations in which they may find themselves that would be considered unsafe, how to become an advocate in such situations and to report unsafe situations to an adult.

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This sounds unlikely, and deserves a follow-up. The gun must have been discarded for some reason to be left there on the street, which means that it's potential evidence. This is another reason why more teenagers should be trained in firearms safety, including how to handle and safe a handgun, and to call for an expert if in doubt that what's being looked at could be necessary evidence that requires careful handling and custody. Now the gun has been handled by two people who put their fingerprints all over it and may have wiped off the originals. Next time, look but don't touch. Call for an investigator with a camera, gloves, and an evidence box. The only reason the gun should have been moved is if its position was compromised by traffic or weather conditions, and whoever touches it can expect to be called into court to testify as to the chain of custody. The preferred solution is to call an expert to the scene and report what was found.

Alexander Rogge    |    Nov 13, 2012 07:34 PM

That is beyond reality. You find a gun you call authorities and wait for them to arrive. You find explosives, drugs, and anything dangerous you call authorities and wait for them. (You do not leave it alone as someone else might get injured) Asking a student to pick up a gun after the object was identified is just beyond any common sense. I would love to know more if in fact the driver did ask him to pick it up after it was identified. I'm not one to pre-judge, but if he asked a student to pick it up after knowing what it was that was so very dangerous.

Dee    |    Nov 13, 2012 04:36 PM

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