A former Arkansas county deputy said he initially took the picture to show how fast the bus was driving. He later enlarged it and spotted the children sitting on the steps.
The statewide effort aims to inform motorists of the importance of stopping for stopped school buses. Arkansas state pupil transportation director Mike Simmons and Kimberly Friedman of the state Department of Education have been making media appearances to promote the campaign, dubbed B.U.S.
The five drivers from an Arkansas school district have sought to refrain from union membership and dues. According to a foundation that is providing free legal assistance to the drivers, union officials denied the drivers' requests, saying that they can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.
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.
The three-week effort led by the state Department of Education will be used as an opportunity to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. The effort will also seek to remind drivers that it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
A preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police indicates that the bus was traveling toward a bus stop early Friday morning, and as the driver approached the stop he slowed down, but he did not see 7-year-old Hannah Martin, who ran into the road and was hit. No charges have been filed in the incident.