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False alarm halts school bus
No gun or weapon found
W school bus

A rumor that a student had a gun on a school bus Wednesday proved false after the driver pulled over and called police.

Statesboro police officers responded to a church parking lot on Highway 24 around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Bulloch County Schools Public Relations and Marketing Specialist Hayley Greene.

“As school buses were loaded with children to depart Mill Creek Elementary School, an elementary student reported to a bus driver that a student on the bus allegedly had a gun,” she said. “The bus driver immediately pulled the bus over, called 911, and parked in a nearby church parking lot off of Georgia Highway 24 just a few yards from the school.”

School district personnel also immediately responded to the scene, where police “searched the school bus and all book bags,” she said. “They also questioned students respectfully and conducted only visual, not physical, searches of the students.”

Police did not find a gun or any weapons on the bus. They released the school bus and the driver resumed its route, accompanied by Bulloch County Schools Transportation Director Janet Tanner, Greene said.

While the alarm was unfounded, anytime there is a report of suspicious activity or potential danger, students and staff alike are instructed to report it, she said.

“Bulloch County Schools encourages students to say something if they see or hear something. The school district appreciates the quick actions of our transportation department staff and the support of local law enforcement to help ensure children are safe.”

Mill Creek Elementary School administrators contacted parents to notify them of the incident, she said.

“We encourage parents of elementary school students to frequently check their child’s book bags to prevent items from home being brought to school and causing a threat or disruption.”

Statesboro police Capt. Jared Akins said a student “thought” another had a gun, but the search revealed nothing and there were no charges filed.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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