Man with rifle hijacks elementary school bus full of children; kids all safe: Sheriff

A Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board.

5/6/2021 7:00:00 PM

A Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board, authorities say. The students and the bus driver are safe, an official said.

A Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board.

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.WOLOA Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board, authorities said.The Forest Lake Elementary students and the bus driver are safe, Richland County Sheriff Lott said at a news conference.

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Lott called this"one of the scariest calls that we could get in law enforcement."The incident began around 7 a.m. Thursday when the suspect allegedly fled Fort Jackson, Lott said.The children had boarded the bus when the suspect, armed with a rifle, got on at the bus stop and allegedly"told the bus driver he didn’t want to hurt him, but he wanted him to drive him to the next town," Lott said.

WOLOColumbia, S.C. police officers stand near a press conference about an incident where a Fort Jackson trainee hijacked a school bus full of 18 elementary school students in Richland County, S.C., May 6, 2021.The bus driver started driving and the suspect brought the children to the front of the bus, Lott said. headtopics.com

"The kids started asking lots of questions to the suspect if he was going to hurt them or the bus driver," Lott said."The suspect got a little frustrated," Lott said, and the driver pulled over.The children and the bus driver got off safely.

WOLORichland County Sheriff Leon Lott talks to the press about an incident where a Fort Jackson trainee hijacked a school bus full of 18 elementary school students in Richland County, S.C., May 6, 2021.The suspect then drove the bus for a few miles before abandoning it, leaving the rifle inside, Lott said.

The suspect was spotted by deputies and civilians and was arrested without incident, Lott said. The trainee, believed to be in his third week at Fort Jackson, will be charged with multiple counts of kidnapping, Lott said. His name has not been released.

Some of the children had cellphones. Lott said authorities were alerted to the situation when a parent stopped a deputy to say"there was a man with a gun on the school bus."MORE: School buses adapt to keep kids safe during COVID-19 crisisRichland County School Board Chairman James Manning said,"I've been on the board now for over 10 years and I have never received a call that scared me as much as the call that I received this morning -- that a bus had been hijacked with our students and staff." headtopics.com

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Counseling services were immediately deployed to the elementary school, officials said."You can just imagine, they were scared to death, along with that bus driver," Lott said.Lott praised the bus driver who he said"kept his cool" and"kept the situation calm."

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You people tolerate way more then I would have the SOB would have been dead just what is wrong with you people The US Army takes only VOLUNTEERS now. So why the heck did he join the army in the first place? And why didn’t he just go AWOL? This guy has MAJOR PROBLEMS. Guess he doesn’t have to be worried about being in the army any more!

Great example of what happens when guns are too easy to get your hands on. Sounds like this kid needs some serious mental health services, not 19 kidnapping charges. Poor guy was just trying to get back home where he felt safe. Tragic story with the most palatable ending possible. 🙏🏼 One of Trumps very fine people

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Are the kids safe now?! LATEST: The trainee's weapon did not have ammunition, an official said at a news conference, adding that the children and driver could not have known that. Well_Regulated_ 😟

Video shows moment school bus hijacked by armed manVideo shows the moments a school bus full of children was hijacked by an armed man in South Carolina. Officials say the 23-year-old, Jovan Collazo is a soldier training at Fort Jackson. Richland County Sheriff’s Department hailed the bus driver as a “hero.” Collazo is charged with 19 counts of kidnapping, no one was hurt in the incident. Was he Black? Man of color! I am sure it will not make prime time CNNPolitics cnni MSNBC. The RACIST FAKE NEWS STATIONS!!! Crazy country.

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