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BB gun shatters school bus window, lieutenant says

The Ottumwa School District is investigating a Tuesday afternoon incident involving a bus/KTVO

UPDATE:

The Ottumwa Community School District released the following statement Wednesday at 2:30:

Superintendent Nicole Kooiker: "In working with local law enforcement, it has been confirmed that a BB Gun was used to shoot out a window on bus #6 yesterday afternoon. The individual has been identified by law enforcement and charges are pending. We are confident that this was an isolated incident. We will continue to work closely with Durham Bus Services to ensure the safety and security of our students."

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A group of Ottumwa students are OK following an alarming bus ride Tuesday.

Around 3:30 p.m., police responded to the intersection of North Court Street and Lincoln Avenue, where someone had shattered a bus window with a BB gun while the bus was moving.

Superintendent Nicole Kooiker said about 20 students were on the bus, but no one was hurt.

Lt. Chad Farrington said investigators are hoping to file charges soon.

He added that this isn’t the first time the department has seen this kind of activity.

“Recently, we’ve had several reports of vandalism due to some type of air-powered weapon, whether it be BB or pellet, and we just try to investigate those and try to get charges on individuals," Farrington said.

Farrington said another vehicle was struck during the same incident.

Because roughly $1,200 in damage was done to both vehicles, Farrington said the suspect will likely be charged with second degree criminal mischief, a class B felony.

He added that BB guns can cause a serious injury. City code prohibits anyone from discharging a BB or pellet gun.

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The Ottumwa School District is investigating a Tuesday afternoon incident involving a bus.

The following statement was issued by Superintendent Nicole Kooiker late Tuesday evening.

"We had an incident occur with one of our buses this afternoon. At approximately 3:15, a bus window was shot out by an unknown object from outside the bus. Approximately 20 students were on the bus and all the students were safe and not injured. The students were transferred to an empty bus and taken to their PTYC location for after school programming. Law enforcement were immediately contacted and are investigating the situation. Parents of the students involved in the bus incident were notified by the district regarding the situation. We will continue to work with law enforcement on this situation and want to assure the Ottumwa community that we are doing everything to ensure the safety and security of our students. Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation."

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