Courtesy of:  Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht

Audio from inside the school bus stormed by Jimmy Lee Dykes in February of this year captures driver Charles Poland's brave refusal to hand over children.

"Sorry, you're going to have to shoot me," Poland told Dykes, a man he thought was his friend. Moments later Poland was dead and Dykes ran off with 5-year-old Ethan Gilman.

65-year-old war veteran Dykes boarded a Dale County, Ala., school bus on Jan. 29 and demanded two children. The audio from the bus surveillance tape, aired on ABC News, shows how the incident unfolded.

"I need two boys 6 to 8 years old," Dykes, armed with a handgun, demanded. "Six to eight years old. I mean it. Right now! Right now!"

Poland refused. "I can't do it," he responded.
“Do it!” Dykes shouted.
"Sorry, you're going to have to shoot me."
"How about I shoot a kid then," Dykes replied.
“No,” Poland said.
“Do it! Do it!” Dykes shouted.
"It's my responsibility to keep these kids on the bus. I can't turn them over to somebody else," said Poland.

There were 21 children on board.

“I can’t help that,” Dykes said. “Come here kid,” he said turning to the children.

Dykes then tried to take Ethan, who was sitting directly behind the driver. Poland put himself between Ethan and the gun.

A 15-year-old student on the bus, Tre’ Watts, called 911 as the children around him cowered behind bus seats.

“He is asking for kids,” Watts said on the 911 call.

Screaming can be heard as Poland was shot and killed.

“The bus driver is dead,” said Watts.

Authorities recovered the boy from Dykes' 6 by 8-foot tornado bunker on Feb. 4. Dykes was killed during an exchange of gunfire. The motive for the crime was never made clear. Dykes was apparently deeply paranoid and believed there was some kind of national or even global conspiracy.

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Courtesy of:  Rusty Ray @ WBTW.com

CONWAY (WBTW) - No one was hurt when a school bus caught fire Monday morning.

It happened shortly after 7:00 a.m. on University Forest Circle.

CLICK HERE for a list of still pictures of the damaged bus!

According to officers on scene, everyone got off of the bus safely.  No word on what started the fire.

Count on News13 to update you on this story as we learn more.


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Courtesy of:  KMJNOW.com

A student was struck this morning by a bus as she was trying to walk across the cross walk. 

It happened around 7:30 this morning when a Bullard High School student was trying to get to school. 

Fresno Police Officer Joe Sacca said the bus was heading eastbound on Browning and was making a left turn on Palm. 

"We do believe from some independent witnesses that the student was in the right of way."

Sacca said the bus driver had just dropped off students at the high school.

"We're still talking with the driver of the bus to try to find out exactly what occurred."

Police said the female student sustained minor injuries to the face and hands and was transported to a hospital.


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Courtesy of The Associated Press

Nine students around the nation, including one in Wyoming, died at or near school bus stops in 2011.

The horror of that death and the number of drivers who disregard rules involving buses stopped for students has prompted a
Wyoming legislative committee to consider ways to increase safety.

Initially, the interim Joint Education Committee will work from a new Iowa law that increases penalties for failing to heed school bus warning devices. In addition, lawmakers expressed interest in equipping all Wyoming school buses with cameras that can capture images of violators.

Work on a proposal will begin this summer, with a bill possibly going to the full Legislature next year.

The discussion on school bus safety is being driven by students and staff members at Fremont County School District 6.

On Dec. 20, 2011, a district student _ 11-year-old MaKayla Marie Strahle of Crowheart _ was struck and killed as she crossed a highway after getting off a school bus that had its flashing lights activated. The driver of the vehicle was convicted of several misdemeanor charges, including homicide by vehicle.

Diana Clapp, superintendent of the school district, said a dozen students have been working hard to research the safety issue and come up with solutions. Clapp and several students made a presentation on Monday to the Joint Education Committee in Casper.

"This is tied to a tragic loss of a young girl in our school and community and their classmate and friend," Clapp said Wednesday. "But I believe they did a good job in addition to that personal testimony looking to see what other states are doing and how it would apply across the state."

The district has installed cameras on six school buses to record vehicles that illegally pass _ an action called a drive-by or
fly-by.

Clapp said the rural district, which encompasses about 1,300 square miles, includes about 400 kindergarten through 12th grade students, and many rely on school buses for transportation.

"Students on the road is a big issue for us _ either on buses or driving themselves to and from school," she said.

In addition to tougher penalties and bus cameras, Clapp said she'd like to see safer practices involving unloading and road crossings made standard across the state.

Wyoming, which has been tracking fly-bys since 1999, counted 297 in one day in 2011-12. Over the entire school year that figure could have reached an estimated 52,000 violations, said David Koskelowski, program manager for traffic safety and pupil transportation with the state Education Department.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services estimated that more than 16 million illegal school
bus passings occurred in 2012.

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