School bus shot in NW Roanoke

Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 6:59 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - According to Roanoke City Schools, an activity school bus was hit with a bullet in one of its tires Tuesday evening and was surrounded by police along Loudon Avenue.

The bus was transporting five students from James Madison Middle School, but there were no injuries.

“I am not aware of anything like this ever happening before,” says Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Verletta White.

White added parents of the students had been contacted and students were on their way home. Counseling is available for those involved.

Superintendent Verletta White Speaks After Bus Shot Tuesday (Video: WDBJ7)

Roanoke Police originally responded to a report of a person shot in the 2400 block of Delta Drive NW but did not find anyone who had been injured.

White gives credit to the bus driver for keeping the students safe.

“Our school bus driver, Ms. Marjorie, she’s a hero today,” she said. “She stayed calm, she kept our students calm and she was able to navigate that bus in a way that she didn’t have an accident. We are so grateful to her and all of our bus drivers. This is what they do, they ensure student safety.”

White says this incident demonstrates a larger issue that is the responsibility of everyone in the Star City.

“This is not a school issue, but it’s a community issue for all of us to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to make sure that these kinds of things don’t happen in our city or even around our schools and our students.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact 540-344-8500 or text 274637 (beginning the text with “RoanokePD” so it is properly sent) with information. Both methods can stay anonymous, according to Roanoke Police.

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