State police are asking for the public’s help in locating a big yellow school bus stolen from a New Castle-area lot.
Bus No. 67 was discovered missing about 4 a.m. Monday from the LeHanes bus service lot on New Castle Avenue.
The bus number is displayed on the rear door and two front corners of the bus.
State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh said the sides of the bus are plain with no school or company name displayed.
The registration reads Delaware CL67029.
Police are asking anyone with information about the missing bus or knows its wherebouts to call detectives at 834-2620, ext. 6, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.
In previous posts, we have discussed the possibility of a terrorist attack involving or using school buses. While this school bus theft will most likely not be related to terrorism, it’s still a reminder of the potential threat.
It is clear that schools are a possible target for terrorists. Aside from Beslan and the dozens of other school attacks over the past 37 years, it has been reported that the U.S. military has found information in Iraq pertaining to U.S. schools, and in September 2004 the FBI notified school districts in six states that photographs, diagrams, and emergency plans had been found in the possession of unidentified individuals. With institutions as large and prepared as the Georgia Institute of Technology posting their entire emergency plans on the internet, this is not surprising.
In addition, there have been hundreds of thefts of school bus radios in two states, along with an increase in thefts and vandalism of school buses and equipment across the U.S. This has obvious implications, including but not limited to the possibility that unknown individuals may be able to monitor or interfere with school bus communications, and even feed them false and dangerous instructions during or before an attack. At the very least, this would allow terrorists to better understand and plan around the communications equipment of an intended targe.