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FWCS encourages students, parents, community to help keep kids safe

FOX 55 was the first to report Monday about a special education bus shot near South Side High School.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 10:52 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 10:19 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Community Schools is reassuring parents bus stops are safe after gunfire rings out near two different stops within the first week of school.

FOX 55 was the first to report Monday about a special education bus shot near South Side High School.

"We need to make sure while they're out there waiting for their buses, they are safe there as well," said Krista Stockman, FWCS spokeswoman.

Police don't believe the bus was targeted because shell casings were found near a house and car in the street.

"That doesn't really make anyone feel any better in the end because a bus was hit and it could've been worse," said Stockman.

Last week, shots were fired on Winter Street when students were getting off the bus.

Stockman said those students did the right thing by running, which is something schools teach during active shooter drills.

"The reality is when we are teaching our students to keep themselves safe, it is not just inside the school building. Something could happen when they are at church or the mall," said Stockman.

No one was hurt in either incident.

But Stockman said this isn't something the school can always control and the community needs to step up to help.

"We have kids out on the street all the time. We just ask that people watch out for them," said Stockman.

"As a community, this is just unimaginable to any parent. I would hate to have to give the news a child has been injured by this kind of reckless behavior," said Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena, spokeswoman for the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Rosales-Scatena said officers are patroling the neighborhoods while buses are on their routes, but they can't be everywhere.

"Hopefully people just stop doing this kind of thing. It is very dangerous," she said.

Stockman said having adults waiting at the stops could help deter crime, but understands that isn't always feasible.

That's why students are also encouraged to be aware of their surroundings.

If you know anything about any incident, call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

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