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Bus incident handled swiftlyPosted Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 7:32 AM
It was somewhat startling to hear Shelbyville police called Friday afternoon to handle a situation involving a school bus -- in front of my home.
The bus drove one block after the call was dispatched, to the intersection of Tulip Tree Drive and Glenoaks Road, before three police cruisers arrived.
Neighbors and backed-up traffic watched as officers boarded the bus and removed three teenage boys.
Officers frisked, but didn't handcuff, the boys before taking them to police headquarters, two on one cruiser and one in another. Police told me nothing involving weapons occurred; the boys' parents were called and officers made a few things clear to all before letting them leave.
The bus driver made the right move by calling authorities. Trouble on school buses should always be handled swiftly and strongly.
But things shouldn't escalate to the point police need to be called; for that matter, it speaks poorly of our world today that full-time officers are needed in schools.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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