Boy threatens students with knife on school bus

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

SHERMAN, TX - An 11-year-old boy threatened other students on a Sherman school bus with a knife, scaring children and worrying parents. But thanks to a quick acting bus driver, no one was hurt. Sherman Independent School District said they’re taking appropriate action and the buses are still a safe place for students.

Dillingham Intermediate 5th grader Ashley Puder says the bus can sometimes get rowdy on the way home from school, but never like Thursday afternoon, when one boy appeared to become upset because other students were throwing paper.

"Then we heard him scream, then he stood up and pulled out a knife, then I jumped back, I was completely scared, I was crying, I was in shock,” said Ashley as she described the scene.

Ashley says the 11-year-old boy was waving and slashing the pocket knife at other students.

"One kid he came and he held him back so he couldn't stab anybody, and then the bus driver came and he was basically jumping over seats to get to the kid with the knife,” said Ashley.

She said the bus driver restrained the boy and removed him from the bus. Sherman ISD says this bus driver did the right thing in reacting quickly to the situation.

"Our bus drivers undergo a tremendous amount of training and student intervention techniques and responded very quickly,” said Randy Reddell, the Director of Transportation for SISD.

Ashley’s mother, Rebecca Ruder, said she is thankful for the bus driver’s actions in preventing any students from getting hurt.

"I think the bus driver was a hero, we don't know his name because he was a substitute bus driver, but in my eyes he saved my daughter's life,” said Rebecca.

Even though no one was hurt, she still had deep concerns about the safety of her child, and felt other parents should be aware of what happened on the school bus Thursday afternoon. Ashley said when the boy flipped out the knife it was only about a foot from her face.

"That's the last thing I would expect to happen… and that's not something you want to come home from work and hear,” said Rebecca.

But the school District wanted to reassure parents they've taken the appropriate actions according to their code of conduct and safety. And with all the safety training and security cameras, school buses are still a very safe place for students.

"Anything regarding safety and security is never taken lightly; safety is always a serious thing and a priority,” said Reddell. “Without hesitation I would definitely say it's one of the safest modes of transportation available anywhere in the United States today.”

Due to privacy laws, Sherman ISD could not release any specifics on the consequences the boy is facing. But said they did complete a full investigation and are working closely with the Sherman Police Department in the matter.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Thomas, it is questionable exactly how it is that you are able to hear bits and pieces of conversations that are meant to be confidential and are also none of your concern. Unfortunately, even when trying someone is trying to help, when they are not directly involved, and information is obtained in this way, the facts are likely to be skewed, as yours is. You have made several statements in your posts are not accurate regarding placement and duration of the hearing outcome. In the future, no post would be preferable to supplementing and already vast amount of reported innacuracies.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    "....society has made it impossible for parents to punish children....they get charged with abuse." What a crock. Corporal punishment of children by parents, as ineffective as it truly is, has not been outlawed. Abuse however, is against the law. If a parent leaves cuts and bruises, they deserve to be charged with abuse. BTW it IS our place to determine why this happened. If this kid was a victim of continuous bullying, that problem needs to be addressed. In fact, you may find that the kids who do the bullying are those who learned their skills from their parents.
  • by Laurie Location: Sherman on Mar 24, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    I think you all have lost track of what is really going on. #1, I can bet he is not the only child that carried a knife around school all day. #2, A bus driver needs to pay attention to the road, for the safety of our children and other drivers as well. (Not watch the seats behind him, the road is more important). I do not believe it is our place to determine the reason this happened, the fact is it did happen. Is this the first time (not just this child) or have there been others, just not brought to the attention of the community. Society has made it impossible for parents to punish children with whatever measures work for that child, they get charged with abuse, then when the child is in trouble the parent is ridiculed for not being in control. There is definitely something wrong with the system, but all the comments in the world are not going to fix it. I am thankful that no one was physically hurt, but I am sure there are mental wounds all around.
  • by Concerned Person Location: Sherman on Mar 21, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    Thomas - Where do you get your information from? Because I believe that his punishment is under confidentiality laws. Unless you are a person that is close to the family (which I doubt) or an employee of the SISD you wouldn't have that information and divulging said information is unethical.
  • by Robin Location: Sherman on Mar 19, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    I love reading these comments, it makes me realize that it takes all kinds to make our world go 'round ... idiots, smarties, jokesters, those in boxes who have never done dumb things, parents, parentless ... keep on making me laugh with your comments Texoma.
  • by someone Location: Dallas on Mar 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    Hey Thomas!~!!! You do not know this kid at all and you comment he has been known to use weapons instead of his head!! Please know what you are talking about before commenting on a child that should not have to put up with bullies and ignorant people like you! If you are an employee of SISD then they should tell you to shut your pie hole! The parents of these bullies are the same way, who taught them? Next time when you comment make sure you know your facts!!!!!!
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 18, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    How about a story on the little shi $ that were bullying this kid? As long as bullying continues unchecked, victims who see no other way out will choose to bring an equalizer (knife, gun, club) into the equation.
  • by when are we going Location: to learn???? on Mar 17, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Its sad that there is bullying still going on and that parents that raise these bullying kids can't stop themselves, just read the posts on here.
  • by Someone Location: Dallas on Mar 16, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    I love how everyone talks out their a..! You do not know what this child got, he didn't get 30 days. I think teacher should stop talking to their family members about this kid, you don't know what you are talking about!!! Well the law is going to the teachers having to handle problems in their classrooms and I am glad! Middle schools and High schools should be doing what Elem. does!!!!! You bunch of hicks need to get with the program. For you hicks that don't know you butt from your elbow need to go back to school and learn a little bit, bunch of retards!!!!!
  • by Megan Location: Sherman on Mar 16, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    It amazes me that everyone seems to know more and more about the boy, and his special needs. It's been two weeks I'm sure the boy knows that he did wrong by doing what he did and now he is "serving his time" in ISS. I don't think it's right for everyone to keep posting almost everyday about the boy and why he did what he did. He is normally a very sweet and caring boy that was pushed too far by other students. I'm not saying what he did was right by no means. He is learning his lesson. I wish everyone would leave it at that.
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