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School Bus Attacks, Crashes & Emergencies


Title: Charlotte School Bus Bursts Into Flames
Date:
February 9, 2012
Source:
My Fox 8

Abstract: No injuries were reported after a school bus became fully engulfed by flames Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte.

Six students from Chantilly Montessori School were aboard but safely escaped after the bus stopped on Bearmore Drive and the driver reportedly told them to get out.

Cellphone video caught the bus bursting into flames. Charlotte firefighters have not released the cause of the fire (My Fox 8, 2012).

Title: School Bus Wreck Kills Child And Driver In Indianapolis
Date:
March 12, 2012
Source:
CNN


Abstract:
A school bus wreck killed a young child on the bus and the bus driver Monday in Indianapolis, officials said.

Ten other children were injured, including two critically, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. The girl killed in the wreck was estimated to be 5 or 6 years old.

The wreck happened just before 8 a.m. on Emerson Avenue in southeastern Indianapolis, the fire department said.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.

Witnesses said they saw nothing unusual before the bus hit an abutment beneath a concrete overpass, according to fire department spokeswoman Rita Burris. Officials are waiting for a coroner's report to determine if the driver had a medical condition that could have contributed to the wreck (CNN, 2012).

Title: At Least 16 Injured After School Bus Overturns In Missouri
Date:
March 13, 2012
Source:
CNN

Abstract:
At least 16 people were injured Tuesday when a driver lost control and a school bus overturned in Washington County, Missouri, officials said.

The accident near Belgrade happened along Highway C, according to Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum. The driver reported he was distracted by a child and lost control of the vehicle, he said. The bus overturned onto its right side.

On board were 35 students and the driver, said Nothum.

Thirteen of the injured were either taken to or walked in at Washington County Memorial Hospital, said spokeswoman Leah Osbahr. They were being treated for fractures and lacerations.

The other three victims were at St. Louis Children's Hospital, said spokeswoman Jackie Furman. All were listed in satisfactory condition.

The accident happened at about 3:10 p.m. (4:10 p.m. ET), said Nothum.

Later, aerial video of the accident scene showed a school bus being towed (CNN, 2012).

Title: School Bus, Truck Collide In Pennsylvania; 1 Dead
Date:
March 14, 2012
Source:
USA Today

Abstract:
State Police say the driver of a soft drink truck was killed when he collided with a school bus carrying high school students in western Pennsylvania.

Authorities say more than a dozen people have been injured in a collision between a school bus and a tractor-trailer near Rockwood, Pa.

Authorities say more than a dozen people have been injured in a collision between a school bus and a tractor-trailer near Rockwood, Pa.

Cpl. Mark Kraynick said the driver, who was not identified, was declared dead at the scene after the accident on Route 281 near Rockwood about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when the truck and school bus taking students from the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District to a vocational and technical school in Somerset struck each other (USA Today, 2012).

Title: School Bus Reported Hit By Gunfire On Far South Side
Date: September 7, 2012
Source: 
Chicago Tribune

Abstract: A bus transporting students to a Far South Side parochial school was believed to have been hit by gunfire this morning as the vehicle was picking up children in the South Deering neighborhood, authorities said.

Neither the driver nor any of the students on the bus at the time were injured, police said.

Police were called to Our Lady of Guadalupe School, 9050 S. Burley Ave., about 7:50 a.m., following a report of criminal damage to a bus there, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. Police found that a gunshot appears to have entered one of the windows of the bus, traveled through a seat, then exited another window, in the incident in the 10600 block of South Calhoun Avenue, said News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

The bus was hit about 7:40 a.m. as it was picking up children about two miles away from the school, said Ryan Blackburn, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Chicago's Officer of Catholic Schools. About 30 students, ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, were on the bus at the time, he said.

"Gratefully none of the students were harmed, and this incident demonstrates why the school's mission is so critical to its families," Blackburn said in an emailed statement that also was being distributed to parents. "Teaching our students to learn well and live as disciples of Jesus Christ is what we do, and any action that threatens our children's safety can not be tolerated."

The driver of the bus told police on the scene that he originally thought the damage came from a paint gun, and so he drove the students to school. The principal said he believed Our Lady of Gaudalupe kept the children on the bus from being harmed, but declined further comment.

Blackburn did not immediately know exactly how many students were on the bus at the time of the gunfire or exactly when the incident happened (Chicago Tribune, 2012)

Title: Nearly 30 Hurt In Tennessee School Bus Accident
Date: September 21, 2012
Source: 
CNN

Abstract: More than two dozen students were injured after the school bus on which they were riding overturned Thursday afternoon, east Tennessee officials said.

The bus was carrying 67 passengers when the driver overcorrected after the right-side tires went off the road in Washington County, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dayla Qualls said.

Eighteen of the victims, including an adult, were taken to Johnson City Medical Center, said spokesman Ed Herbert. Ten others were transported to Franklin Woods Community Hospital or Holston Valley Medical Center, he said.

Doctors said all the victims would recover, according to Herbert. Two required surgery, he said.

Teresa Hicks, a spokeswoman for Johnson City Medical Center, said the two came through surgery well. She added that the most serious injury was a patient who had a major scalp wound and a neck injury. The other injuries varied from spinal problems to broken bones.

Twelve patients were staying in the hospital overnight, she said.

Johnson City is in the northeast corner of Tennessee.

School officials said counselors would be on hand Friday at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough (CNN, 2012)

Title: 25 Students Injured In Tennessee School Bus Wreck
Date: September 25, 2012
Source: 
Fox News

Abstract:  A school spokeswoman says more than 25 students have been taken to hospitals in upper East Tennessee after a school bus carrying high schoolers flipped over.

Washington County schools spokeswoman Susan Kiernan says parents may have taken other students as well. She said all but five or six are expected to be released Thursday night.

One girl underwent surgery for head and neck injuries and was in critical condition. The driver was taken by ambulance with chest pain but Kiernan didn't know whether she would be admitted.

Kiernan says 63 students from David Crockett High School were on the bus Thursday afternoon. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls says the crash happened when the wheels dropped off the side of the road and the driver overcorrected, about eight miles southwest of Jonesborough (Fox News, 2012)

Title: 50 Sent To Hospital After School Bus Crash
Date: September 29, 2012
Source: 
CNN

Abstract: Dozens of schoolchildren in Louisville, Kentucky, were taken to hospitals after the bus they were riding in collided with a car and rolled on its side, officials said.

Fifty people were taken to four hospitals after Friday morning's collision between a school bus and a Ford Mustang, said Jody Duncan, spokeswoman for the local emergency management agency.

Of the 47 middle school students taken to the hospital, about half received injuries that were not life-threatening, and the rest were taken as a precaution, Duncan said. All three people in the Mustang were also taken to the hospital.

Individuals were taken to Kosair Children's, Southwest Hospital, Jewish Hospital Medical Center East, and Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Duncan said.

The Jefferson County Public Schools bus had been picking up students who attend Frost Middle School.

Rain was falling when the Mustang, occupied by three high school students, and the bus collided at an intersection, Duncan said (CNN, 2012).

Title: Police: Witnesses Say School Bus Struck After Running Red Light
Date: October 8, 2012
Source:
My Fox 8

Abstract: Witnesses tell police a school bus was struck Monday morning in Greensboro after running a red light. 

According to police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen, the crash happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lindsey and Dudley streets. 

Witnesses told police a car traveling west on Dudley Street struck the school bus after the bus went through a red light while heading north on Dudley Street. 

While the driver of the car sustained minor injuries to one of their hands, Danielsen said nobody else was injured. 

The bus was carrying 12 students to Aycock Middle School, Danielsen said. 

No charges have been filed. 

No other information was provided (My Fox 8, 2012)

Title: Clarksburg High School Students Come To The Rescue After Bus Driver's Medical Emergency
Date: October 10, 2012
Source:
My Fox DC

Abstract: It was quick thinking by a Montgomery County high school student that helped avert a possible tragedy last Friday morning.

Clarksburg High School senior Dustin Mitcham was one of four students on the school bus around 6:40 a.m. when the bus driver had some kind of medical emergency and passed out.

Mitcham tells FOX 5 he rushed to the front of the bus, which was still moving, as it was traveling down Prices Distillery Road. He says the driver was slumped over and going in and out of consciousness.

Mitcham used the school bus radio to notify the school system of the problem. Another student dialed 911. Help came fast.

Mitcham is a modest, unassuming young man, who has a part-time job at a local grocery store. He didn't seem comfortable with being called a hero.

His parents are proud and expressed concern about the health of the bus driver.

They say school officials, citing privacy rules, did not disclose any information about his condition (My Fox DC, 2012).

Title: School Bus Full Of Kids Involved In Crash
Date: October 10, 2012
Source:
KPTV News

Abstract: A school bus crash caused nearly 50 students to be a little late to class Wednesday morning.

It happened at 8:30 a.m. on Cordon Road in Salem. Deputies said a man driving a 2004 Honda slowed down for another bus making a left turn onto Herrin Road in front of him, when his car was hit from behind.

Investigators said the school bus, driven by Stephen Armenta, 25, wasn't able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

Deputies said skid marks at the scene indicated the bus driver did hit the breaks immediately before impact.

Both Armenta and Randy Najera, 33, the driver of the Honda, were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. None of the children onboard the bus were hurt, either.

No citations have been issued at this point and the investigation is continuing (KPTV News, 2012).

Title: School Bus Accident In California Leaves 17 Injured
Date:
October 11, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
  Authorities say 16 children and the bus driver were injured when a school bus carrying 40 children was toppled in a crash.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Joaquin Zubieta says two of the children have "serious but non-life threatening" injuries. They were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center after Thursday's accident.

Ten others were also transported to hospitals. The remaining four were treated and released at the scene.

The accident happened when a U-Haul truck collided with the school bus, leaving it on its side.

The children were being taken home from Galileo Academy in Victorville when the collision happened shortly after 2 p.m.

Two people in the U-Haul truck were not hurt.

An investigation is under way (Fox News, 2012).

Title: School Bus Overturns After Colliding With U-Haul Truck
Date:
October 12, 2012
Source:
KTLA

Abstract:
A U-Haul truck collided with a school bus carrying 40 children in Victorville, injuring 16 of the students.

The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday as the children were riding home from Galileo Academy.

A woman was backing up a U-Haul truck from her driveway onto Nisqually Road, and she pulled into the path of the bus, according to the CHP.

The impact knocked the school bus over onto its side.

Two students on the bus sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The bus driver and 10 other students suffered minor injuries. Four students were treated at the scene and released.

Nisqually Road was closed for a time in both directions from 1st Ave. to 3rd Avenue.

The California Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation
(KTLA, 2012).

Title: Clinton Bus Driver Charged With OUI
Date:
October 18, 2012
Source:
My Fox Boston

Abstract:
A bus driver responsible for shuttling a student who attends Perkins School for the Blind was arrested and charged with driving drunk after taking the student on an unwanted joyride. 

Michael Tantillo, 41, of Clinton, was arrested Wednesday night. 

According to a police report, Tantillo picked the student up from the school's Watertown campus at 4:30 pm Wednesday. 

The boy's parents, who live in Clinton, called police when the driver still hadn't shown up with the boy at about 8 p.m.

Police contacted Tantillo's cell phone multiple times, but had trouble communicating with him. 

When Tantillo finally arrived at the boy's home police were waiting for him. He was given a field sobriety test and arrested.

According to the Registry of Motor vehicles, Tantillo has a lengthy driving record that goes back to 1988. It includes speeding infractions, and possession of Class B and Class D substances.  

Tantillo's employer, Ride Rite, had no comment regarding Tantillo. 

Tanitillo was arraigned on reckless endangerment of a child, kidnapping and operating under the influence charges. He was held in lieu of $50,000 bail (My Fox Boston, 2012).

Title: Crash Involving School Bus Leaves One Dead
Date:
October 24, 2012
Source:
Fox 19 News

Abstract:
A crash involving a school bus kills an elderly woman and sends a child to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

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Authorities say the school bus, driven by 54-year-old Kerry Brunner, was stopped on US 50 after letting children off the bus just after 3 p.m. when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by 80-year-old Billy Cade. 

Helen McJury, 81, was a passenger in Cade's pickup truck. McJury was taken to Dearborn County Hospital and pronounced dead.

25 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. A 12-year-old student was taken to the hospital for a complaint of pain (Fox 19 News, 2012).

Title: School Bus Driver Accused Of Kicking Girl To Appear In Court
Date:
October 26, 2012
Source:
My Fox Tampa

Abstract:
Neighbors say Stephanie Wilkerson was the type of woman who didn't take her job as a bus driver for Hillsborough County schools lightly.

"I know she gets up and goes to work every day, so I thought she was upright," said neighbor Gary Dunlap.

Wilkerson finds herself in big trouble after investigators say she literally kicked an 8-year-old autistic girl off of the bus, fracturing the little girl's ankle.

Tampa Police say it all started when the girl was eager to exit the bus outside Tampa Bay Blvd. Elementary School.

"The bus driver told her that it was not her turn, and she needed to wait her turn. The 8-year-old child hit and pushed the bus driver," said Andrea Davis of Tampa police.

Investigators say the girl was on the stairs ready to get off the bus and go to school when there was another confrontation.

"The bus driver told her to get off multiple times when she didn't get off she used her foot to push her off of the bus, and the child fell to the ground," said Davis.

That's when police say the girl hurt her ankle.

On Thursday, Wilkerson was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. She'll appear in court Friday.

"It doesn't matter what preceded it, the kind of behavior described in the report is just completely unacceptable," said Hillsborough County School District Spokesman Steve Hegarty.

The incident happened in late September.

Wilkerson was immediately pulled from her job as a driver and placed in another job with the transportation department when the district found out about the incident.

"You don't use your foot to help someone or to push someone off the bus," said Hegarty.

Back in Wilkerson's neighborhood, people who know her say the alleged behavior is out of character.

"I've never seen her be violent or anything like that," said Dunlap.

Police say bus drivers, especially those transporting special needs children, cannot react in this manner.

"You have to have special skills to be able to deal with a child with some disabilities and while any violence is not justified you have to have some extra patience," said Davis (My Fox Tampa, 2012).

Title: Police ID Victims In Carroll Co. School Bus Crash
Date:
October 29, 2012
Source:
Fox 19


Abstract:
Kentucky State Police have identified two students who were killed in a school bus crash Monday afternoon in Carroll County.

Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both 3 years old, died after the bus went off the road, partially overturned on its side and struck a tree.

"I know that the loss is going to be felt for a long, long time," Carroll County Judge/Executive Harold Tomlinson told FOX19. "The loss is significant and nobody can really put into words how those families are feeling right now."

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Boone Road while taking children home from preschool at the end of the day. Nine children and two adults were on a Head Start bus at the time of the crash. 

Deitz and Tuttle were pronounced dead at the scene by the Carroll County Coroner.

Jose Ardon-Landa, Dulce Cruz, Ryleigh Hollingsworth, Brayden Jones and Jordan Raisor, all 3 years old, flown to Kosair after the crash are in stable condition. 

The three children that were released from the crash scene to their parents also went to Kosair last night for precautionary measures. 

Two of those children were checked out and released, the third was held overnight for observations and is expected to be released today. 

Mariah Robles, 4, and Leighann Hendren, 3, were taken to the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.

The bus assistant, Tina Gividen, 52, is in serious condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Authorities say the Head Start bus was equipped with seatbelts and it appears that they were in use by all occupants at the time of the crash.

In a statement, Lisa James, superintendent of the Carroll County School District said: "We are most concerned about the children involved and their families.   Counselors and administrators have been present at area hospitals with families of some of the children involved in the accident."

Counselors were also on hand at all schools in the district Tuesday.

While investigators are looking into the cause, they aren't ruling out the make-up of the road.

"It's a small country road and narrow with no lines and no center line and right now we don't know why the bus lost control," said Trooper Brad Arterburn with KSP.

This is not the first time a bus carrying school children has been involved in a fatal crash. On May 16, 1988, the worst school bus crash in U.S. history occurred about two miles from Monday's accident. Larry Mahoney, who was drunk at the time, was driving a Toyota pickup truck when he drove the wrong way on the Interstate and struck the bus head on, killing 27 of the 67 children on board.

Arterburn says while alcohol or drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident, per policy, they are waiting on toxicology reports to come back. He says those reports could take months. In the mean time, Arterburn says investigators are working to reconstruct the accident to learn more about the cause.

Local police also released the 911 call from the driver, Laura Reed, Tuesday. They say the initial call that came from a neighbor will also be released but is being delayed due to technical difficulties (Fox 19, 2012).

Title: 2 Children Killed In Kentucky School Bus Crash
Date:
October 30, 2012
Source:
Fox News


Abstract:
Kentucky State Police say the two children who were killed in a school bus crash were both 3 years old.

Police identified the young victims from Monday's crash as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both of Carrollton.

Police say the boy and girl were pronounced dead at the scene after a Carroll County school bus carrying students home from the Head Start preschool program overturned and crashed into a tree.

Nine children, all preschoolers, were on board along with two adults. Five children remain hospitalized.

The crash occurred on a narrow country lane in Carrollton and remains under investigation (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Teen Faces Judge After Bus Beating
Date:
November 15, 2012
Source:
WSVN News

Abstract:
A teen appeared in court after brutally beating another teen aboard a South Florida county bus.

The surveillance video of a teen beating on a Broward County Transit bus was released Wednesday.

The video showed several teens attacking a 17-year-old, who was on his way home from school when he was bumped by a group of teens.

The teens exchanged some words before the fight occurred. The teen was taken to the hospital with a broken nose and possible head injuries.

The video helped police arrest two suspects who have been charged with aggravated battery.

One of the suspects was charged with strong-armed robbery after taking the teen's cell phone and iPod.

Samuel Brown faced a judge at the Fort Lauderdale courtroom on Wednesday. He will be staying at the juvenile assessment center until Dec. 4.

Police said the bus driver did everything possible to stop the fight. "It puts the bus driver in a very peculiar situation. She did the best that she could do and was not allowing that disturbance to get back onto the bus," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Garcia.

Brown is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 28.

The family has hired an attorney (WSVN News, 2012).

Title: Train Plows Into School Bus In Egypt, 50 Killed
Date:
November 17, 2012
Source:
Reuters

Abstract:
Fifty people, mostly children, were killed when a train slammed into a school bus as it crossed the tracks at a rail crossing south of Cairo on Saturday, further inflaming public anger at Egypt's shoddy transport network.

Witnesses said barriers at the crossing were open when the train hit the bus. Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad and the head of the railways authority resigned, and President Mohamed Mursi said those responsible would be held to account.

The bus was broken in half by the force of the crash. Blood was spattered on the front of the engine and school bags and text books, some bloodstained, were strewn around.

All but two of the dead were children, aged around four to eight, said a senior security official in Assiut, near the crash site. One woman and the bus driver also died, he said.

Egypt's roads and railways have a poor safety record and Egyptians have long complained that successive governments have failed to enforce even basic safeguards, leading to a string of deadly crashes.

Prime Minister Hisham Kandil travelled to the area to review the situation. But devastated and angry people in one village from where the children had been picked up to travel to school said they would bar entry to any visiting officials.

"We won't accept any officials in the village. They only want to come to appear in the media," said Alaa Ahmed from al-Hawatka, where some children killed on the bus came from. They were travelling to a school near Manfalut, about 300 km (190 miles) south of Cairo.

Some victims' families protested at the crash site. Many other Egyptians across the nation were also shocked and angered.

"It is so shameful and a big disgrace to this government. All of its members, and not only one minister, should quit. That is what I know would happen in any decent country," said Mona Ahmed, a 60-year-old mother of three, in Cairo.

Barriers Open
State media reported that as well as 50 dead, 15 or more people were injured. A medical source said as many as 28 were injured, 27 of them children.

"They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it," said Mohamed Samir, a doctor at Assiut hospital where the injured were taken, citing witness accounts.

Assiut Governor Yahya Keshk also said the crossing was open. "The crossing worker was asleep. He has been detained," he told state television.

The doctor said the bodies of many of those killed were severely mutilated, illustrating the force of the crash.

"I saw the train collide with the bus and push it about 1 km (half a mile) along the track," said Ahmed Youssef, a driver.

Officials said the level of destruction and mutilation made it difficult to count and identify the bodies.

Mursi ordered his ministers to offer support to the families of those killed, the official news agency said.

Egypt's worst train disaster was in 2002 when a fire ripped through seven carriages of an overcrowded passenger train, killing at least 360 people.

At that time, when Mursi was an opposition member of parliament for his Muslim Brotherhood group, he accused the then prime minister and officials of "gross negligence".

Many more have been killed in rail accidents since then despite pledges from successive governments to improve safety.

Earlier this month, at least three Egyptians were killed and more than 30 injured in a train crash in Fayoum, another city south of Cairo. In July, 15 people were injured in Giza, close to the capital, when a train derailed.

Reflecting frustration at the state of public transport, Cairo metro workers went on strike this week complaining about poor levels of safety and maintenance.

Accidents involving multiple deaths are also common on Egypt's poor quality roads. A crash on Cairo's outskirts on Saturday involving a minibus killed at least 11 people, security sources said (Reuters, 2012).

Title: Miami-Dade Police Charge 15-Year-Old Boy With Manslaughter After Fatal School Bus Shooting
Date:
November 20, 2012
Source:
NBC Miami

Abstract:
A  teenage boy faces charges including manslaughter after fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl on a private school bus in Homestead Tuesday in front of her sister and other students, Miami-Dade Police said.

Police said the 15-year-old boy also faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, police said.

Authorities said the shooting appears to have been an accident, and it is likely that no one else will face charges.

The girl, who was identified as Lourdes Guzman, was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital after the 6:45 a.m. shooting, and she later died, Miami-Dade Police said. It wasn't immediately known where she was shot.

The incident happened while the two were en route to school, police said. The boy took out the firearm from his backpack and then began displaying it, according to the arrest form.

"The defendant discharged the firearm one time shooting the victim," an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Police said the boy was also a student, and that the firearm was recovered at the scene.

About eight other children were riding the bus when the shooting happened in the area of Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 137th Avenue, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said. The other children were not injured.

"They were able to immediately determine that the shooting occurred inside the bus, and that the alleged shooter was also inside the bus," Zabaleta said. "He was immediately taken into custody. He was detained, placed in a police car. We were able to recover the firearm."

The girl had a 7-year-old sibling on the bus as well, police said. All the other children were transported to the Homicide Bureau for questioning.

On Tuesday evening, mourners gathered at the scene of the shooting.

"It was heart wrenching to know this could have been anybody," said parent Heather Manuel. "Just a year younger than my daughter and in my son's class."

Guzman's best friend, Isabel Paillere, told NBC 6 South Florida her friend is very missed.

"I just miss her a lot already, it's only been a few hours," she said. "I hope she's in a better place right now."

Meanwhile, parents picked up their children from Miami Police headquarters in Doral after they were interviewed. A mother who would only give her name as Luby said she was happy her child was alive and glad to have her back.

The victim was a student at Palms Glades Preparatory Academy and the younger sibling attended Summerville charter school, police said.

Meanwhile, at Palm Glades parents showed up to see how their children were doing. Some of them were very emotional. The principal of the school said the private bus was contracted by parents.

The bus company, Yelimar and Portieles, wouldn't immediately comment.

Lynn Norman-Teck, a spokeswoman for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, said the bus was servicing three schools: Somerset Academy Silver Palms, Palm Glades Preparatory Academy and Summerville school. . 

She added that Somerset had called in grief counselors for the children at school as a precaution, and once the school administration heard about the shooting, the principal went to the classrooms to make sure the children were OK.

Fabian Otero said he was relieved his son Christian, an eighth-grader at Palm Glades, rode to school with his wife. He said he and his wife have been shaken by the killing and are going to discuss enrolling their son in a different school or possibly homeschooling him.

"I was stunned! I was stunned!" he said. "That hits really close to home. That's just scary."

Many of the students had not heard about the shooting and the school did not make an announcement before school was dismissed, but word started to trickle out as they walked outside to waiting school buses.

Thirteen-year-old Eric Carillo said he was in the same class as the victim a few years ago.

"She was a good girl. She was fun," the 13-year-old said.

Sarah Baer said she wouldn't let her daughter walk home from school because there are rough neighborhoods a few blocks away.

"I always take my daughter to and from school. This is so heartbreaking especially right before Thanksgiving," she said.

The school bus was not equipped with video surveillance equipment.

Maria Romero is a mother whose two girls were on the bus.

"I was worried the whole time, but when I got here and they're OK, it's a big relief," she said.

Earlier, Romero said her two children, and other children on the bus, were talking to police about the shooting. Some of the kids were put into a Miami-Dade Police van.

Some parents picked up their children and brough them to school. Shortly after the incident, several backpacks could be seen next to the school bus (NBC Miami, 2012).

Title: 13-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot On Miami School Bus
Date:
November 20, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract:
A 13-year-old girl was shot to death in front of her sister and several other students while riding the bus to a charter school Tuesday, Miami-Dade police said.

A male student was in custody but authorities did not release his name or age and said they are still interviewing him. A gun was also recovered at the scene in Homestead, south of Miami, but authorities didn't say where or how many times the victim was shot.

"We still don't know what the motive may have been," said police spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.

Eight other children, including the victim's 7-year-old sister, were on the bus but were not harmed. Authorities took the children and the bus driver to a police station to be interviewed.

The victim, who has not been identified, attended charter middle school Palm Glades Preparatory Academy. The victim's sister went to nearby Summerville Advantage Academy.

Concerned parents gathered at the shooting site, which was cordoned off by crime scene tape as authorities combed the bus for evidence and gathered children's backpacks and belongings. The shooting occurred about seven minutes away from the school.

Fabian Otero said he was relieved his son Christian, an eighth-grader at Palm Glades, rode to school with his wife. He said he and his wife have been shaken by the killing and are going to discuss enrolling their son in a different school or possibly homeschooling him.

"I was stunned! I was stunned!" he said. "That hits really close to home. That's just scary."

About a dozen parents picked up their children early, said Lynn Norman-Teck, a spokeswoman for Florida Consortium of Public Charter School. Only a throng of TV news crews camped outside signaled the violence from earlier in the morning.

Many of the students had not heard about the shooting and the school did not make an announcement before school was dismissed, but word started to trickle out as they walked outside to waiting school buses.

Thirteen-year-old Eric Carillo said he was in the same class as the victim a few years ago.

"She was a good girl. She was fun," the 13-year-old said.

Sarah Baer said she wouldn't let her daughter walk home from school because there are rough neighborhoods a few blocks away.

"I always take my daughter to and from school. This is so heartbreaking especially right before Thanksgiving," she said.

The school bus was not equipped with video surveillance equipment.

A phone message left for the private school bus company was not immediately returned (Fox News, 2012).

Title: School Bus Driver, Attendant Fired After Boy Choked
Date:
November 22, 2012
Source:
WSVN News

Abstract:
The Broward School Board has agreed to fire two transportation employees after an autistic child was choked on a school bus.

The Broward County School District fired 48-year-old school bus attendant Darryl Blu on Tuesday.

Investigators said Blu was caught on surveillance video choking a 13-year-old autistic boy. Despite the boy crying in pain, Blu continued to pull on his harness.

After detectives reviewed the surveillance video, Blu was arrested and charged with child abuse.

The boy's mother, Bertis Paulino said, "No parent should go through this. I have been giving my son a very good life, and now his life is shattered."

The bus driver has been fired in this case.

Paulino said her son is now afraid of strangers and afraid to get on the school bus (WSVN News, 2012).

Title: Two Buses Hit By BB Gun In Haverhill
Date: December 20, 2012
Source:
My Fox Boston

Abstract: Police in Haverhill says someone is shooting pellets at school buses full of kids. Friday morning, officers were on the buses, too, for protection.

In two separate incidences, Haverhill police say someone shot at buses taking kids to and from school.

The first bus was struck around 11 a.m. on Main Street. It was carrying 25 preschool students. Police say a little boy was in a car seat under the window hit and was covered in glass.
    
The second bus was driving high school kids home when glass shattered above two girls in the seat below. The scene was only a mile away from the first one.
    
Investigators believe the suspect used a BB gun and may have fired it from a passing car. Parents say something needs to be done.

One high schooler was treated for a minor cut, but there were no other injuries.
    
Police believe the shootings are connected and say, given the national tragedy in Connecticut, this is no time for pranks.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Haverhill police at 978-373-1212 (My Fox Boston, 2012).

Title: 11 Kindergarten Students Reportedly Killed In China Van Crash
Date: December 24, 2012
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A minivan carrying 15 children to kindergarten plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China on Monday, killing 11 children, state media and an official said.

Three children died at the scene of the accident in Guixi city in Jiangxi province and another eight died later in hospital, said an official from the propaganda office of the city's Communist Party committee. Four children survived, said the official, who like many Chinese bureaucrats gave only his surname, Jiang.

The accident is the latest in a string of deadly crashes in China involving school children.

Police detained the driver for questioning and were investigating the cause of the accident, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Photos on the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post's website showed a silver minivan partially submerged in a grassy pond, with one of its three windows on the right side broken.

The minivan belonged to Chunlei kindergarten, which doesn't have a government license to operate, according to an article on the website of state broadcaster China Central Television that didn't cite any sources. The van taking the children to school was travelling too fast and swerved to avoid a vehicle parked on the side of the road, ending up in the pond, CCTV said.

Photos on its website showed pairs of tiny shoes and brightly colored school bags lined up on the ground near the scene and an injured child being treated.

The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy said in a statement that cited no sources that the van was made to carry seven people but was overloaded with 17. The human rights group also said it took 70 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Overcrowding on school buses is common in rural China, where the education system is short of funds and children are forced to travel far to get an education because of school closures.

Last year, a nine-seat private school van overloaded with 62 kindergarten children and two adults crashed head-on with a truck in rural western China, killing 19 children and the adults. The accident caused public uproar and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged more support for school bus safety and said central and local governments would bear the cost of bringing often-shoddy buses up to standard. The kindergarten head, who owned the vehicle, was later convicted of a traffic accident crime and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Accidents happen frequently in China because of poorly maintained vehicles and reckless driving habits (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Van Plunges Into Pond, Killing 11 Kindergartners In China
Date: December 26, 2012
Source:
CNN

Abstract: Eleven children died after a kindergarten bus veered off a road and plunged into a pond in a city in southeast China, the nation's Xinhua news agency reported.

Three children died at the scene, and eight others were pronounced dead at a hospital, Xinhua said. Four children being treated for injuries were in stable condition, it said. All the children on the bus were between the ages of 4 and 6, state media reported.

The van was traveling on a road in Guixi City, which is in the municipality of Yingtan, when it plunged into water about 3 meters (10 feet) deep, the report said. State media reported that the van was speeding and that the driver had been detained by police. The driver apparently swerved to avoid an accident, state media said.

The children were from an unlicensed kindergarten that has been shuttered many times, CCTV said, according to state media (CNN, 2012).

Title: Hit-And-Run Driver Sought After Girl Hit Trying To Board School Bus
Date: January 7, 2013
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: A 7 year old is recovering from minor injuries after police say a car hit her and kept driving as she was crossing North Cherry Street to get on her school bus Monday morning. 

Investigators say the bus was stopped, had its stop arm out and lights flashing when it happened.  

Kelly Smith, a second grader at Gibson Elementary School, says she never saw the car until its side mirror hit her in the chin knocking her to the ground.  

“I was walking across the street to get on the bus and he ran over me,” says Smith with a bruised, swollen, scrapped chin.  

Kerry Smith, the girl’s father, says neither he or his daughter can understand why the driver passed a stopped bus, hit the child and didn’t stop. 

“For this car to go around three other cars and proceed through a bus with a stop sign out, I feel like somebody like that needs to go to jail because he could have actually killed my daughter,” Smith said.  

Police say witnesses tell them the car was a dark green Honda, but Smith says he was told it looked more like a black mustang that passed the bus and hit his daughter. 

Smith also says the car is missing a side mirror because it fell off when it hit his daughter.  

Anyone with any information can call the Winston-Salem Police Department (My Fox 8 News, 2013).

Title: 2 In Critical Condition After NYC-Bound Commuter Bus Crashes Into School Bus
Date: January 10, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: Two of at least 17 people injured in a crash involving a commuter bus and a mini school bus in New Jersey are in critical condition.

A 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman are being treated in the trauma unit at Robert Wood Johnson hospital. The others are in stable condition at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

An Old Bridge school official says no students were on the smaller school bus, which landed on its side.

Academy Bus spokesman Joe Orlando says its bus was headed to Wall Street in New York from Toms River. It had four more stops.

A N.J. State Police Med-Evac helicopter was called to the scene to transport one passenger to a hospital.  Several passengers were placed on stretchers while others walked away from the scene with assistance from emergency personnel.

Orlando says the bus can carry as many as 55 passengers (Fox News, 2013).

Title: New York School Bus Drivers Announce Strike Plan
Date: January 15, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: New York City officials are preparing to transport more than 150,000 students after a school bus drivers union announced that it is planning to strike this Wednesday if an agreement can't be reached.

Union officials representing Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, who are seeking job security, announced Monday afternoon that they plan to strike on Wednesday if they can't reach a suitable agreement with the city.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg bid out contracts for nearly 1,100 bus routes currently handled by Local 1181 drivers. Last year, the city bid out contracts for preschool bus routes, and the new contracts will save taxpayers $95 million over five years.

Bloomberg on Monday urged the union to avoid going on strike and added that a strike would "jeopardize the education and safety of more than 150,000 students who take school buses every single day, in a year when our students have already missed a week or more of school because of Hurricane Sandy" (CNN, 2013).

Title: Teen Girls Beat Woman For Fun At School Bus Stop In New Windsor, Police Say
Date: January 16, 2013
Source:
Times Herald Record

Abstract: Three girls were charged with gang assault Tuesday morning after they allegedly attacked a mom as she put her young child on a school bus.

The girls — two 13-year-olds and a 12-year-old — called what they did "mobbing" or "popping" on someone, and told police they did it for fun and chose their victim at random.

The attack happened at 7:50 a.m. on Route 9W near the Ledyard Street intersection.

According to town police, the three girls attacked the mom as her child was getting on the bus. They repeatedly punched and kicked her and pulled her by her hair.

The 34-year-old victim suffered head and internal injuries, and had cuts and bruises all over her body. Her condition could not be learned later Tuesday, and it was unclear whether she was taken to a hospital.

Police said one of the three suspects was on suspension from school, and the others had not gone to school.

The suspects, whose names were withheld by police because of their age, were charged with second-degree gang assault, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

After being processed by police, they were turned over to their parents, pending appearances in Orange County Family Court (Times Herald Record, 2013).

Title: San Antonio School Bus Crashes Into Motel Swimming Pool
Date: January 17, 2013
Source:
KSAT News

Abstract: A North East ISD bus crashed into a motel swimming pool on the city's Northeast Side.

The crash happened at the Town House Motel in the 900 block of Northeast Loop 410 near the Magic Time Machine.

North East ISD officials said the bus was its way to pick up children when it swerved off the access road and hit a utility pole and landed on top of one end of the pool.

No children were in the bus at the time. The bus driver suffered some cuts and bruises.

A crane was used to lift the heavily damaged bus from the pool (KSAT News, 2013).

Title: Ashwaubenon School Buses Break Down In Cold
Date: January 22, 2013
Source:
Fox 11

Abstract: It's believed the cold morning temperatures are the cause of bus problems for Ashwaubenon schools. And that meant when the buses stopped running, the children were at risk – stuck on the bus or out in the cold.

School district officials say nine buses broke down Tuesday morning. All started fine, but at some point stopped cold.

District officials couldn't say how many students were left waiting in the cold for their bus, or for how long. And because so many buses were affected, the bus company – Lamers – didn't have enough vehicles to relieve the struggling ones.

Those that did break down did have heat. The students who took the buses that broke down did get to school, but late.

District officials say parents were notified about the issue, but it acknowledges the information could have come out sooner.

"We know that we need to get that alert out sooner,” said Keith Lucius, Assistant Superintendent with the Ashwaubenon School District. “Because this is a problem we've never had before, we didn't have a process in place for communicating with parents quickly and have those things ready. We will communicate, if this happens again, much earlier and be much more prepared."

Lamers would not comment.

Lucius says it’s believed fuel played a role in the problems. He says the district and Lamers are working to ensure the same problem doesn't happen again.   

The district typically looks at wind chill temperatures as a gauge for closing school - to protect the students. But that, Lucius says, may change if actual temperatures continue to cause mechanical issues (Fox 11, 2013).

Title: Boy Talks About Being Left On Bus For Hours, School Says Little
Date: January 22, 2013
Source:
KRDO News

Abstract: A Colorado Springs first-grader is speaking out about being left on his school bus for seven hours. Meanwhile, his charter school is staying tight-lipped about how it happened and what action is being taken.

Kamari Durham, 7, said he fell asleep on the way to his charter school, Scholars To Leaders Academy, last week. He woke up completely alone.

"I woke up and I saw that I was on the bus," said Kamari. "I thought I was sitting in a chair in my classroom, but I was on the bus."

He said he felt mad when he woke up because there was nothing to eat on the bus, and that he tried to think about happy things, like his dad making him lemonade and his mom taking him to play on a "jumpy house."

"I got a little bit scared because I heard weird noises," Kamari recalled. "I checked the back, but no one was there."

The boy said it was other students who finally noticed him.

"I got this girl's attention, and then I rolled down the window and said, 'I was left on the bus,'" Kamari said.

KRDO Newschannel 13 went to Scholars To Leaders Academy for comment Tuesday, but we were told the principal was out of the office and the vice-principal would not comment. Principal Carolyn Gery wasn't at home, either. She refused to answer questions by email, responding only with, "Appropriate action has been taken related to this matter."

School board president Paul Butcher said the board has been made aware of what happened to Kamari. He said he didn't know what personnel action had been taken, but said he trusted the administration would act appropriately.

According to a Colorado Open Records Act filed by KRDO, the employee driving the bus still works for the school. She isn't listed as a bus driver, but it's unclear if she's still driving.

Kamari said he has a question for that driver.

"Why did you leave me on the bus?" he said. "I don't know if she didn't see me or she did see me."

Kamari's dad, Lonnie, said his son is seeing a counselor because he's scared of buses and being left by himself.

Lonnie said his son has been left alone by staff before, and this time the boy won't go back to Scholars To Leaders. He said the school's response to what happened isn't good enough.

"(They said), 'We failed you again, we apologize, we're going to re-train. Is there anything you want us to do?' That's it," said Lonnie.

He said he's not sure if he will pursue legal action, but has spoken to attorneys (KRDO News, 2013).

Title: Students Transported To Hospital After 4 Buses Collide At Ruffner Middle
Date: January 24, 2013
Source:
WTKR News

Abstract: According to Norfolk Public Schools, several students were transported to the hospital after a school bus collision occurred at Ruffner Middle School on Thursday during dismissal time.

They say one school bus hit the back of another in the bus loop which in turn caused a chain reaction crash with two other buses.

Seven students were transported to the hospital via ambulance to be checked for minor injuries. They say eight reported injuries.

The other students who were on the buses were taken inside the school until replacement buses could arrive.

Norfolk Public Schools is investigating the cause of the accident (WTKR News, 2013).

Title: Sheriff: Man Shot On Alabama School Bus
Date: January 30, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: One man was shot on a school bus in Alabama on Tuesday, the Dale County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Wally Olson said in a written statement the suspect had not been taken into custody.

Michael Senn, a pastor, told CNN affiliate WSFA that he spoke to several students who had been on the bus.

He said a girl described the shooter getting aboard.

"He told most of them to get off the bus," Senn related. "And then he grabbed a little boy and shot the bus driver four times."

CNN affiliate WTVY reported the child is being held by the shooter.

Olson said a command post had been established at Private Road 1539 and U.S. Highway 231 near Midland City, Alabama, in the southeastern corner of the state.

WTVY reported that authorities said a hostage situation was ongoing (CNN, 2013).

Title: School Bus Struck In Hit-And-Run In Greensboro
Date: February 12, 2013
Source:
My Fox 8 News

Abstract: School officials say a bus carrying students was struck Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Greensboro.

A Guilford County Schools spokesperson says the collision happened shortly before 7:45 a.m. on Holden Road near the intersection with Friendly Avenue.

According to the spokesperson, another vehicle rear-ended the bus and drove away.

The bus was #803 serving Sternberger Elementary School.

The spokesperson said 12 students were riding the bus, but no injuries were reported.

The bus was deemed drivable, so the students were transported to school after a police report was filed, the spokesperson said.

According to a police spokesperson, the accident happened just after 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Friendly Avenue.

The police spokesperson says the driver of the other vehicle was in the left lane when he attempted to merge into the right lane where the bus was traveling. The driver struck the left-rear side of the bus, the spokesperson said.

The driver “didn’t see the bus because of the glaring sun” and told officers he “thought he hit a trash can,” so he went home, according to the police spokesperson.

The driver was cited for improper lane change, but was not charged with hit-and-run or leaving the scene because the investigating officer determined “the sun was a mitigating factor,” the spokesperson said.

The police spokesperson said there was damage to the driver’s vehicle, but it was not clear how much damage was caused.

The bus did not have a camera, the school spokesperson said.

No other details have been provided (My Fox 8 News, 2013).

Title: School Bus Driver Who Flunked Drug Test Can Keep Job, New York Court Rules
Date: February 13, 2013
Source:
Fox News

Abstract: A New York bus driver who was fired after failing a random drug test should be reinstated, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday.

The Albany Times Union reports that the Court of Appeals' unanimous ruling supports the conclusion of an arbitrator who determined the firing of Cynthia DiDomenicantonio in November 2009 was too severe a punishment for the 10-year district employee.

DiDomenicantonio, of Clifton Park, declined to comment early Wednesday when reached by FoxNews.com, referring calls to her attorney, Daren Rylewicz. A message seeking comment from Rylewicz was not immediately returned.

The Shenendehowa Central School District had argued that it adopted a zero-tolerance policy for positive drug tests. Rylewicz had countered that such a policy did not exist, the newspaper reports.

The arbitrator, meanwhile, found the dismissal in violation of a collective bargaining agreement and ordered DiDomenicantonio reinstated, minus six months of back pay, and to undergo subsequent drug testing and substance-abuse counseling (Fox News, 2013).

Title: 12 Schoolchildren Die In Collision As India's Road Woes Continue
Date: March 4, 2013
Source:
CNN

Abstract: At least 12 schoolchildren were killed when their bus collided head-on with a truck in northern India Monday.

The wreck, which left 10 others injured, occurred in Jalandhar district, Punjab state, police superintendent Yurinder Singh Hayer told CNN.

The driver of the school bus was also killed in the crash, which happened at around 8 a.m. local time, according to police.

Hayer said the bus had some two dozen schoolchildren on board.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

India has an appalling record when it comes to road traffic deaths. In 2011, more than 142,000 people were killed in about 490,000 road crashes, according to the country's transport and highways ministry.

This equates to almost one accident per minute and one death every four minutes on India roads -- making it a bigger killer than HIV/AIDS and other diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

During a recent road safety campaign, the ministry said many of these incidents were due to drink driving, a scourge it said needed to eliminated by spreading awareness and stringent enforcement measures. It added that state governments have been requested to remove liquor shops from the side of highways.

Experts warn the Indian government has much to do in the fight to control the number of road deaths and encouraged it to draw on the experiences of others.

"Countries which have made progress have done so with political will at the highest levels of government and a sustained focus on what works," Dr. Etienne Krug, director of violence and injury prevention at the WHO, told the Times of India in December.

"Measures include identifying a lead agency for road safety; developing a comprehensive road safety strategy; and implementing concrete measures related to roads, vehicles and people's behavior.

"Responding to emergencies following a crash and ensuring justice for victims and their families are also key" (CNN, 2013).

Title: Boy Pushes Girl Out Of Moving School Bus: DOE
Date: March 12, 2013
Source:
NBC New York

Abstract: School administrators are investigating after a disabled girl was thrown out the back door of a moving school bus by an alleged bully.

The Department of Education confirms that the principal of the Brooklyn Children's School, a private school for disabled students, is setting up meetings with the parents of the children involved in the dispute last Friday.

Authorities say one matron was on the bus at the time. 

The 13-year-old girl told the Daily News that one student had been spitting on her and tossing books at her, and a matron told her to move to the back of the bus to get away.

After she did, she said, another boy came at her and pushed her out the back door. He also fell out the door with her.

She broke her collarbone in the fall, the News said. She was treated at Brookdale University Hospital.

Officials said the boy who pushed her is being disciplined and may be placed on another bus route (NBC New York, 2013).

Title: Florida School Bus Driver Fights Suspension For Taking Call From Marine Son
Date: March 19, 2013
Source: Fox News


Abstract: A Florida school bus driver was suspended for five days after surveillance video caught her answering her cellphone while she was behind the wheel, WSVN.com reported.

Rossana Lucas said there was a reason she answered the call: she had not heard from her son for seven months. He is a Marine stationed in Afghanistan and he was calling to wish her happy birthday.

"He said 'Mom, I am OK, I love you, Happy Birthday,'" Lucas told the station. "Because my birthday was December 10, and I said, 'Thank you, I love you and you take care' and that is it."

Lucas, speaking through a translator, told the Broward County School Board Monday that when she answered the call, she was two blocks from the parking lot and there were no children on board.

"If I don't answer in that time he will have no chance to call me back again," Lucas said. "He has to wait three or four months again to call me back.”

Tracy Clark, the spokeswoman from the Broward County School District, said the board agreed to review the matter and meet again in April. Clark said it is against school board policy to use a cellphone while operating a bus.

Lucas, for her part, says she was unable to get permission from a dispatcher because her phone was already ringing.

WSVN reported that Lucas seems to have dialed up some support from Superintendent Robert Runcie.

"We have these rules, context does matter and there is some definite circumstances here that I think warrant taking another look at this," Runcie said (Fox News, 2013).

Title: Apache Junction High School Bullies Burn Child On School Bus
Date: March 22, 2013
Source: KSDK News


Abstract: Two Apache Junction High School students were disciplined after school officials investigated allegations they had bullied a junior high student on a school bus, officials said.

A Cactus Canyon Junior High student reported to the school's assistant principal on the morning of March 6 that two high school students previously had burned him while riding on a school bus to the Apache Junction Boys and Girls Club, Apache Junction Unified School District spokesman Brian Killgore said.

The principal investigated the incident and by the afternoon had identified the two high school students who allegedly used lighters to heat up erasers and then touch the 13-year-old student on the arms and neck, he said. They were reported to the Apache Junction Police Department.

One student was disciplined on March 7 and the other was disciplined on March 8 because he didn't attend school the day before, Killgore said. He declined to say what the discipline was, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The victim told The Republic Wednesday that the incidents started in February and continued for several weeks. He said he was scared to report it because the high school students threatened to beat him up if he did. The Republic does not name victims of crime.

The boy's mother, who The Republic is also not naming, said they could tell something was happening because his behavior changed "drastically" as he began lashing out at his parents and sister and disrespecting everyone. After several days of trying to get him to tell them what was wrong, he finally told them about the bullying on the school bus.

The boy had scars on his arm and the back of his neck from where he said the high school students burned him with the erasers. He also had a bruise on his left cheek from where he said he was punched multiple times by an 8th-grade student who jumped him Monday at the bus stop in retaliation for reporting the other students.

"As a mother, I'm heartbroken, I'm sad. I'm so angry that something like this could happen to my child," she said. "And if it happened to him, how many other children in that school or that school district is it happening to also that haven't come forward or are too scared to come forward?"

The boy's parents reported the burning incidents to the Apache Junction Police Department on March 5, who conducted an investigation and submitted the case to the Pinal County Attorney's Office's juvenile division, Interim Police Chief Thomas Kelly said. The attorney's office will determine whether to file charges against the juveniles.

Another police report shows the boy was assaulted Monday at a bus stop by another 13-year-old student, but investigators were unable to find a connection to the previous incidents, Kelly said. The teen, who punched the boy in the face, was arrested and the Police Department submitted an assault charge to the county attorney's office.

The mother said bullying has "gotten out of control," and all adults - whether parents, school officials, bus drivers, neighbors or just passersby - need to stand up against bullying.

"No parent wants their child to be harmed and it's hard enough for us to try and look out for them from the predators and other incidents that can happen on the streets nowadays," she said. "Now we have to watch for other juveniles to harm our children physically and emotionally? It just has to stop. The bullying has to stop" (KSDK News, 2013).