DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A trespassing incident that occurred on a school bus in September has prompted the school district here to make security upgrades, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
A police report states that on Sept. 18, Deandre Anderson, 27, unlawfully boarded a Volusia County Schools bus that was headed to Seabreeze High School. When the bus stopped, Anderson walked to a McDonald’s near the school and asked a female student if she would like to go to his house to play video games. When she refused, he said “he would have to blow up the school” and then entered the school, according to the police report.
Video shows that the man boarded the bus behind a group of students, Greg Akin, the chief operating officer (and former director of transportation) at Volusia County Schools, told the newspaper. He added that the driver was a substitute, and the bus, also a substitute, didn’t have a student tracking system. On the day of the incident, some buses were out of service due to repairs, and the bus in question was one of more than 50 spares in use that did not have a student tracking system installed.
In response to the incident, substitute drivers will no longer operate Volusia County school buses without a system installed that verifies whether a rider is a student. District spokeswoman Nancy Wait told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that only buses with the student tracking system will be used going forward. The bus operator is not driving until an investigation into the incident is complete, according to the newspaper. The district is also working to ensure that all schools only have one point of entry.