In an incident that is every parent’s worst nightmare, an occupied school bus caught fire Thursday (February 16th) in a suburban area outside Kansas City, Missouri.
According to an ABC-affiliated local news station in Kansas City, a school bus in Blue Springs, Missouri with five students aboard was travelling at an intersection around 3:30 p.m. The bus was then pulled over after the driver smelled smoke. All the children on the bus were evacuated as flames engulfed the vehicle.
The photo that illustrates this article shows the exact school bus that burst into flames in a Blue Springs neighborhood called Cumberland Falls. After a rescue crew with the local fire department got to the scene, concerned witnesses talked to local media outlets and investigators did their work to determine the cause of the fire.
Thankfully, no one was hurt or fatally injured in this incident. However, a spokesperson with the Central Jackson County, Missouri Fire Authority told media outlets that the fire was definitely started intentionally. The minors who were on the bus left the scene of the burning school bus before fire investigators or police could ask them any questions.
The spokesperson for the fire investigators also told media outlets that criminal charges would be pursued if it is determined that the fire was started by one of the minors who were on the bus when the fire started raging. Stories like this happen frequently across the country and they make parents question the safety of their children on school buses.
School bus safety is a primary area of concern for stakeholders in the community because there are so many things that can go wrong as students in all grades are being transported to school. At times, serious or tragic incidents occur even when school bus drivers are doing everything right in order to get students to school safely.
The uncertainties associated with school bus safety has many parents considering an alternative other than public education when it comes academically training their children.