Parents, kids frightened after shots fired at school buses in Florida

DAVENPORT, FL  (WFLA) – Polk detectives are trying to figure out who fired shots at two elementary school buses Friday. Nobody was hurt, but children and parents alike are frightened.

The Polk Sheriff said Monday there’s no reason to believe the two buses were targeted or that it will happen again. But the incident has one father thinking differently about how his daughter gets to and from school.

Horizons Elementary students had the day off Monday, which gave David Burns some time to figure out how his second grader, Jade, will get to school Tuesday.

David Burns some time to figure out how his second grader, Jade, will get to school Tuesday.
David Burns some time to figure out how his second grader, Jade, will get to school Tuesday.

“I don’t feel like she’s safe on that school bus,” Burns told News Channel 8.

Jade’s one of nearly 40 children who witnessed shots fired at two school buses carrying kids along US 17 92 in Davenport Friday around 3:30.

One pellet struck right near Jade’s window.

“I just jumped over to another seat and that’s when I got a little scared,” Jade said.

From the school bus video it appears the shots came from a light colored, four-door Lexus with tinted windows.

Detectives think it was a BB or pellet gun used, but that doesn’t change the Sheriff’s determination about finding who’s responsible.

“You can see the possibilities of the danger especially with the driver’s window shattering-what if the driver would have lost control and turned that bus over?” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Fears like that have David Burns fired up that no one from his daughter’s school let him know.

“This happened Friday here it is Monday we haven’t heard from them and they’ve got our numbers,” Burns said.

A Polk School Board spokesman confirmed to News Channel 8 they have not issued a notification with the parents of students involved, saying they thought the sheriff’s office explained the situation while interviewing witnesses.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson tells said they interviewed some witnesses but not every single child riding the bus.  So, many parents are still learning about what happened.

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