Would you recognize a new face sitting in the drivers seat of your child’s school bus?
Do you give any thought to the person who picks up your child and transports them to school and back home each day?
If not, you might want to start.
School Bus Terrorism – A Practical Analysis
Chris Dorn has a complete analysis of the threat.
In this paper I will discuss one specific aspect of terrorism: attacks including school buses as targets or weapons. I will assume a basic knowledge of terrorism and terrorist groups. Thus I will not discuss in detail the motivations or specific tactical movements of terrorists. I will be dealing in strategies and methods that apply to anti-terrorism in a particular area.
School Bus Thefts Concern Houston Authorities
17 school buses have turned up missing over the past several months in Houston. Glenn Beck is talking about it and others should be.
Houston Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are all concerned about a large number of school buses that have been stolen in the Houston area over the last several months.
An 11 News investigation uncovered that 17 large, yellow school buses were stolen recently from various charter schools, business schools and private bus companies. Not one has disappeared from HISD.
Most, if not all, were taken from locations on Houston’s north side. One off west Tidwell, another from the Lopez bus company off Melrose and Berry Street.
Timothy Williams is the superintendent at the High School for Business.
March 2007 – FBI: Extremists sign up to drive school buses
Earlier this year the FBI warned that members of extremist groups were signing up to become school bus drivers
Members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterror officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said “parents and children have nothing to fear.”
Asked about the alert notice, the FBI’s Rich Kolko said “there are no threats, no plots and no history leading us to believe there is any reason for concern,” although law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to watch out for kids’ safety.
The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where. It was sent Friday as part of what officials said was a routine FBI and Homeland Security Department advisory to local law enforcement.
It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counterterror official who read parts of the document to The Associated Press.
Foreigners under recent investigation include “some with ties to extremist groups” who have been able to “purchase buses and acquire licenses,” the bulletin says.
May 2006 – School bus ride takes 2 to jail
Do you remember these two? There’s a good change that you’ve never even heard of them
Two Saudi Arabian men climbed aboard a school bus Friday morning bound for Wharton High and landed in jail.
Although the case caught the attention of state and federal authorities, officials suspect it might have been a case of cultural confusion.
When Mana Saleh Almanajam, 23, and Shaker Mohnsen Alsidran, 20, caught the yellow bus at 7 a.m. at Fletcher Avenue and 42nd Street, students alerted their substitute bus driver.
Driver Roberta McCray radioed the school district. By the time the bus arrived at campus at 7:30 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy was on scene to charge the two with trespassing.
Though their actions only resulted in misdemeanor charges, Almanajam and Alsidran were quickly under the microscope of the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Regional Domestic Security Task Force, the Sheriff’s Homeland Security Division, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Sheriff’s spokesman J.D. Callaway described the two as cagey and evasive as they answered questions. They said they were from Morocco, Callaway said, and then Saudi Arabia. The men told authorities they said they were from Morocco because they worried Americans fear Saudi Arabian men.
School Bus Drivers Allowed To Work 90 Days Without Completed Background Check
And finally… How comfortable are you with handing your child over to a complete stranger each day…One that may not have completed a background check?
Summer vacation is over, and thousands of kids are packing their bookbags and getting back on school buses this week. And now State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is looking to make their ride as safe as possible.
DiNapoli is calling for faster criminal background checks of all school bus drivers in New York.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is calling for faster criminal background checks of school bus drivers.
Under the DMV’s current bus driver licensing program, new bus drivers can drive kids for up to 90 days while their backgrounds checks are taking place.
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