Indiana school bus driver training videos include shooting scenarios

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There’s a school bus training video put out by the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Education that includes shooting scenarios. It is part of today’s reality.

In one, as a school bus approaches a stop, he notices a suspicious man.  Instead of stopping to pick up the students, he drives past and radios for help.

Then the same scenario is replayed.  But this time, the driver stops to pick up the students, the suspicious man forces his way on the bus and starts shooting.

Todd Edwards, School Bus Operations Manager for Miller Transportation in Indianapolis is responsible for 45 school buses running 38 routes.  He says, the video’s are an important training tool.

“Before this, nobody ever really thought about an active shooter, but it’s very real in today’s society,” he says.

In a second video, a student poses the potential problem.  He gets on the bus and pulls out a gun.

The video shows three possible scenarios and let’s the drivers know how each decision changes the outcome.

Edwards says, “It’s a very good tool to learn from.  It’s things that you don’t actively think about that will make the drivers more cognizant on what’s going on around the bus.”

Miller says in Indiana, all school bus drivers must obtain a special certificate before they can drive. It includes three days of classes and a yearly education re-check.  The videos are part of that training.

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