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2 windows shot on school bus

A school bus was damaged by suspected BB gunfire near a Seattle elementary school on Thursday, police say. No one was injured.

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Teen arrested for showing gun to bus full of students

Students on a Kenton County (Ky.) School District bus alerted their driver to what they believed was a gun being pointed at the bus by a teenager, although the weapon was later discovered to be a BB gun. The driver shut the door, drove away and called police.

The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios.
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School bus safety videos show responses to shooter

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.

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12-year-old arrested after shots fired at school bus

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.

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Louisiana school bus driver kidnapped at gunpoint

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.

On the anniversary of the slaying of Alabama bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and cited steps it is taking to increase school bus security. Pictured is an FBI agent near the bunker where a boy from Poland's bus was held hostage. Photo from FBI
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NYAPT works to bolster school bus security

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.

Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District took part in a full day of interactive security training with consulting firm ApexSCF.
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School bus drivers train to take on active shooters

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.

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Man hijacks Arkansas school bus

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 drivers and attendants are taking part in emergency drills that simulate a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
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Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue

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.

A new survey by NAPT gives insight into school bus operations' security-related training and procedures. Photo by Rachel Wilson
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NAPT developing enhanced security training

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.

Donny Bynum, superintendent of Dale County Schools, says an event at the Alabama State Department of Education that honored bus driver Charles Poland and his passengers was “an incredible day in the healing process.”
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Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery

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.

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