Last week, a school bus driver in Washington state was stabbed and killed in front of several elementary school students, police said.
The driver was attacked Friday around 3 p.m. as children boarded the bus at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco, Washington. Officers on the scene confirmed a man suddenly got on the bus and began stabbing the bus driver with a knife; the suspect was taken into custody without incident, Capt. Bill Parramore said at a press conference, Fox News reported.
None of the students and others nearby were injured at the time. Students on the bus, as well as those who were outside the school at dismissal time, were brought back inside the school, and parents were contacted to pick up their children instead, Parramore stated.
The Tri-City Herald reported the bus driver lost control during the attack, the bus was seen on a curb and slammed into some surrounding hedges. The driver was immediately taken to a local hospital where he later pronounced dead.
The identity of the deceased bus driver or the suspect had not been released.
“The Pasco Police Department will work in close partnership with the Pasco School District through this investigation,” he said. “The Pasco School District sends school district counselors to Longfellow and the transportation office to support students and staff.”
In a message to parents and staff, Pasco School District Superintendent Michelle Whitney reminded parents, “events like these can trigger strong and unexpected emotional reactions.”
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of one of our own. Our focus right now is on supporting our students and staff who are deeply impacted by this tragedy.”
Whitney added, “Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s school counselor or principal if you or your child need support. We are deeply saddened by the events of today. As our community processes these events, please keep a watchful eye on each other and reach out if you need us.”