POTTSTOWN PA – No one was injured, but nerves were certainly frayed, when a man driving what Upper Pottsgrove police describe as a tan or gray four-door sedan leaned out of the window of his moving car Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 8, 2013) and allegedly used a BB gun to shoot at the door of a Pottsgrove School District bus filled with middle school students on State Street near Route 100.
Glass in the door shattered as the shooter sped past on Route 100 North, district Superintendent Shellie Feola told the Board of School Directors on Tuesday night. An on-board camera caught the sounds of the impact and breakage, but did not capture any video of the suspect, according to police. They’re calling for public help in what is being described as a “full investigation.”
Anyone with information, or who witnessed the incident, is asked to call the township Police Department at 610-326-8446.
The district reported the incident occurred at 3:33 p.m. as a substitute driver was piloting Bus 49 on State Street at the Route 100 intersection. The driver, who was not identified, immediately and safely pulled to the shoulder of the road; “she did a fantastic job,” Feola praised, “and the children kept extremely calm in what I’m sure was a very scary time.”
The driver called her employer and the district’s busing contractor, CMD Services Inc. of Pottstown, which in turn called police. They quickly arrived at the scene, Feola said, followed shortly thereafter by district personnel, and two additional buses to ferry the children home. At the same time, she said, parents were notified of the incident by both phone and e-mail, and were advised to expect their children to be slightly delayed.
Central to the rapid response, Feola added, was the district’s purchase during August of thousands of dollars worth of new radio communications equipment. “Those radios you invested money in were worth every penny today,” she told directors. They allowed her to promptly contact Business Manager David Nester so they could both be on scene, Feola said, and they also helped her initiate notices to parents.
As the investigation continues, Feola said she expects staff members will re-examine the day’s events for potential future improvements. “We’re working on getting better in responding to emergencies, and making sure we’re communicating with families,” she said, “so we’ll regroup later and think this through.”
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Oct. 8 meeting):
- New Pottsgrove Busing For Private Students Starts Oct. 21
- BB Gun Fired At ‘Grove Bus; Glass Shatters, None Injured
Photo from the Pottsgrove School District