Portsmouth school bus drives through shooting, parents alerted a day later

Posted at 11:40 PM, Apr 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-01 11:48:52-04

Portsmouth, Va. - A special needs school bus has multiple bullet holes in it after it drove through a shooting on Wednesday afternoon.

According to school officials, the shooting happened at the intersection of Deep Creek Blvd. and Jefferson Street. The bus was following its route home from Emily Sprong  Preschool Center but ended up driving through the shooting.

There were six special need students on the bus at the time. School Officials say when the bus driver heard the shots, she quickly got all of the students onto the floor of the bus and checked them to make sure they weren't hit.

While parents are happy the bus driver took action, they are not happy with the way the school handled the situation.

"Why wasn’t I told yesterday? I'm being called at 11 a.m. that my son’s bus was shot at. Not only was it shot at, there were bullet holes in the bus and you all are only telling me now?" questioned Katrinia Freeman, a parent of one of the students on the bus.

The Portsmouth School District confirmed that the principal alerted parents of the Wednesday afternoon on Thursday morning - a poor decision according to Freeman.

"My heart is breaking. I don’t know what is going on with our schools, but this is unacceptable to me as a parent."

Now Freeman is taking her four-year-old's safety into her own hands.

"I'm going to take him to school every single day because I don’t trust that he is going to be safe. I understand that they're not responsible for the shooting, but you are responsible for him while he is on the bus and everything that happens to him on the bus should be reported to the parents and this was not reported to me."

The school had a crisis team at the school yesterday for the children on the bus.

Portsmouth Police are still investigating the shooting.