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Road by hostage site expected to be named for Charles Poland
February 7, 2013
Under a resolution passed by the Alabama Legislature, a half-mile stretch of U.S. 231 in Dale County would be designated the "Charles 'Chuck' Albert Poland, Jr., Memorial Highway," after the school bus driver who was fatally shot in the line of duty.
UPDATE: Boy held in bunker rescued, abductor dead
February 4, 2013
Ending a nearly weeklong standoff with a man accused of killing a school bus driver and abducting a 5-year-old passenger in Alabama, FBI agents enter the man's bunker and rescue the boy. Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is killed during the operation.
Letter: Reactions to the school bus shooting, abduction
February 1, 2013
After the Jan. 29 incident in Alabama in which a man boarded a school bus, fatally shot the driver and took a 5-year-old student hostage, a director of transportation in Arizona wrote this letter to his staff to address any concerns about their safety.
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.
Man tries to drive off in loaded school bus
January 3, 2013
Police in Palestine, Texas, say the 30-year-old man may have been involved in an altercation before he boarded a school bus and attempted to drive away. After struggling with the man, the bus driver and two bystanders were able to pull him from the bus and hold him on the ground until police arrived.
After Sandy Hook tragedy, school transporters stay vigilant
December 20, 2012
The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday brought school security back into the public eye. Here, school transportation officials from around the country talk about what their districts have done in response to the tragedy.
First Observer security program on hiatus
December 10, 2012
HMS Co., which has administered First Observer since 2008, stops receiving funding, but the Transportation Security Administration has reportedly said that the program will be active again in the near future. Meantime, classroom training and other program functions have been placed on hold.
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.
Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus
August 16, 2012
School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District this year are undergoing counter-terrorism training, which includes a mock disaster drill. The event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing the staff members to practice their first aid training.
Men charged for school bus battery thefts
July 16, 2012
Danny Kelly and Michael Kniser are charged with burglary for stealing 25 batteries from First Student buses in June. Bail for Kelly is set at $30,000, and bail for Kniser is set at $50,000.
Dozens of school bus batteries stolen in Ariz., Ill.
June 29, 2012
Thieves in Collinsville, Ill., make off with more than 35 batteries from a contractor's buses. In Peoria, Ariz., about two-dozen batteries are ripped off and buses are damaged at a school district lot.
1 of Chowchilla kidnappers to be released
June 19, 2012
Prison officials say that Richard Schoenfeld, who was among the three convicted in the infamous 1976 school bus kidnapping in California, will get out on parole this month.
Security consultant to present at NAPT Summit
June 13, 2012
Bret E. Brooks is a senior consultant with Gray Ram Tactical LLC who has worked in the security and safety fields since 1998. He is also a former SWAT team member and a full-time police officer, and he has worked with school districts for nearly a decade.
45K trained in school transportation security program
March 22, 2012
School Bus First Observer has instructed tens of thousands of drivers and other pupil transportation personnel on identifying and reporting suspicious activities. Program Manager Charles Hall says that the industry has “much to be proud of.”
School bus kidnapper could be released in May
March 8, 2012
California's First District Court of Appeal finds that Richard Schoenfeld has completed his sentence for the crime of kidnapping 26 Chowchilla schoolchildren and their school bus driver in 1976. The decision becomes final at the end of April unless the state Board of Parole Hearings files an appeal.
Stolen buses in Mo. haven't been found
January 25, 2012
At least eight school buses have disappeared from five locations in St. Louis County and Jefferson County in the past year. Police have notified the FBI.
Bus security DVD sent to nation’s school districts
November 3, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration is mailing the School Bus First Observer and School Transportation Security Awareness programs to around 15,000 public school districts, urging administrators to use them for in-service training. Agency official Steve Sprague also tells SBF that First Observer will continue beyond the three-year grant that created it.
Police find explosives at N.M. school bus stop
August 22, 2011
An abandoned backpack is filled with Molotov cocktails at the stop, which is located less than half a mile from a middle school. Investigators are looking at security tapes from cameras on school buses to see if they can spot any students with the backpack.
NAPT News & Views
July 7, 2011

The association discusses the impact of a terrorism hoax on April 1 in New York State that involved school buses and also its efforts to curb school bus bullying.

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