School Bus Windows Shattered After By Gunfire

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 22:25:19-05

Students leaving Intrepid College Prep in Nashville were delayed from getting home Monday after gunfire hit their school bus.

It happened at the intersection of Haywood Lane and Apache Trail around 5:15 p.m.  Bus one from Intrepid had 22 students on board during the incident.

"The back window shattered, glass fell on students, but didn't cut them, but they were not injured," said school director Mia Howard. "We've never had any issues here. We've been operating in the community for three years."

The bus driver reported to Metro Police there were at least seven holes possibly made by a pellet, or BB gun.

The school charters the bus from Gray Line. Safety protocol measures for both the charter school, and bus company, were enacted after the incident.

After the windows shattered the bus driver pulled into a near-by gas station. 

"There we made contact with all parents who had students that were still on the bus, so they could be picked up at that point. We worked with police overnight to help them with their investigation," Howard explained.

The investigation at the scene took several hours to complete. Howard made the decision to send a letter home to parents on Tuesday, instead of making an all-call to the school community that night.

"I don't think that is the right way to deliver that type of information, I think it would have just caused more shock and alarm. You can't get as detailed as I got in the letter over a phone call to parents," Howard explained.

Intrepid College Prep started three years ago in Antioch. It has 300 students in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.