Bomb scare forces school bus evacuation

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – A bomb scare forces dozens of elementary students to evacuate a school bus. It happened in Louisa County near Wickham Road and Route 33 Tuesday afternoon.

Concerned parents called our newsroom, hoping we could get them answers and we did. The school bus had just left Jouett Elementary School and around 3:15 p.m. A student found a note on board that said the bus would be bombed. Now investigators are trying to figure out which student wrote the note.

"I was kind of nervous because I had never really been in a bomb threat and a bunch of cops showing up. It was kind of freaky," said student, Rebecca Muller.

11-year-old Rebecca Muller and her neighbor, 6-year-old Gio Brown, were 45 minutes late getting home from school Tuesday.

"Most people were freaked out, scared or crying and we had to get off the bus so they could search the bus and we ended up going across the street," said Muller.

The students tell us they were riding bus number 133 when they found that bomb threat note. They told the bus driver who pulled the bus over and immediately called police.

All of the students, nearly 40 of them, had to be put on another bus and taken home. While it was a tense moment for some of them, little Gio didn't let the bomb scare phase him.

"I'm just brave, that's all," said Gio. "I was brave and I sticked together on the bus."

The actual students that found the note were not allowed to appear on camera, but Gio sat across from the student who made the discovery. Authorities and a bomb sniffing dog determined there was no bomb, but these students think whoever is responsible should be punished.

"They'll probably get suspended and have some charges or something for threatening to blow up a bus," said Muller.

Investigators are looking at handwriting samples and video from on board the school bus to determine which student wrote that note. If you have any information, contact the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

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