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Police investigate broken window on school bus

By Staff reports

HICO, W.Va. -- Police are trying to determine if a someone shot out the window of a school bus transporting Fayette County students with a pellet gun Thursday.

A school bus driver called Fayette County 911 dispatchers at about 3 p.m. to say a window had just shattered, said Fayette Sheriff Steve Kessler in a news release.

Deputies responded to the location on Miller Ride Road in Hico and talked to the bus driver who said he heard a loud noise while driving off the road. He asked the students what happened and they said a window on the passenger side of bus shattered, Kessler said.

Deputies investigated and found a very small hole in the upper right-hand corner of one of the windows on the passenger side, he said.

Several small plastic Airsoft pellets were found beside the roadway, he said.

The bus driver and the students did not see anyone with a pellet gun on the roadway. No projectiles were found on the students or on the bus, Kessler said.

None of the students was injured, and another bus arrived to pick them up a short time later. The damaged bus was taken to the Fayette County Board of Education maintenance facility for repair.

Deputies are examining video from the bus's camera to determine what happened. Kessler said it is unclear if the window was broken by an Airsoft gun or by a rock.

"This does not appear to be an incident where children were in any type of danger," he said. "Deputies are still investigating to determine if this was the result of an accident or an intentional act by someone."

Kessler said Airsoft pellets are non-lethal and made of plastic. The pellets are typically used in law enforcement training, he said.


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