School bus safety brings to mind crossing guards and staying seated while the vehicle is in motion. Unfortunately a January 29, 2013 incident has changed that for transportation directors, who now must prepare to deal with situations like the fatal shooting aboard an Alabama School bus.
Situations like this one, which witnessed a man board the school bus and fatally shoot the driver before abducting a five-year-old passenger, are requiring school systems to be prepared.
On September 17th, the Scotland County R-I School District will host bus drivers, school officials and law enforcement agents from northeast Missouri for a special training seminar being provided by the Center for Education Safety.
Retired Captain Gary Moore will present the two-hour program entitled Active Shooter Training for School Bus Drivers. Moore is a 34-year law enforcement veteran, serving 29 years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, including eight years on the Governor’s security division.
SCR-I transportation director Carl Trueblood stated the training is being made available free of charge. A PowerPoint presentation will discuss the Dale County Alabama incident. The Center for Education Safety is the lone agency to have the incident information released to it by Sheriff Wayne Olson.
“This is a rare insight for drivers to not only learn how the incident occurred but to gain valuable information on how to avoid being put in the same position,” stated Moore.
The program will be held in the SCR-I High School commons area on Wednesday, September 17th at 6 p.m.