EUCLID, Ohio -- Two 14-year-olds have been arrested after a BB gun was shot at a school bus Monday, hurting several elementary school children.
The Euclid School District bus was taking about a dozen charter school children home, traveling on East 258th Street near Helen Avenue when a BB shattered one of the bus's windows.
The glass apparently struck three of the children.
“When the (BB) hit the window, some of the glass shattered and hit some of the kids in the face causing minor injuries, but they had scratches their face," said Euclid Schools Superintendent Keith Bell.
Euclid police, fire and rescue squads were dispatched along with a second school bus.
Parents were notified by school officials, and the injured students were taken for medical treatment while the other children were transported home.
“You just wonder what’s happening these days, I mean these are little kids,” said neighbor Robert Hale.
Hale was just arriving home from work when he saw the medics brushing the glass off of the children.
He said the neighborhood is very quiet, and people really watch out for one another.
He was surprised and extremely concerned when he saw what happened to the bus.
“If it had been another six inches, it could’ve hit her. It’s that simple, it could have hit her. Why would you ever fire at a school bus," said Hale.
Bell was grateful that students were not more seriously injured, but he also worried about the incident. He said the district takes security very seriously.
“It’s extremely important and we want to make sure the kids were taken care of,” said Bell. "We’re on high guard for safety, and it’s an everyday thing. We want to make sure kids get here and get home safely.”
While police questioned neighbors about the shooting, a woman walking her dog found a gun.
The woman’s dog, Maya, was going to the bathroom near a bush on Helen Avenue and uncovered a BB gun hidden in the shrubbery.
“She’s sniffing and I see this gun, and I don’t know if it’s a real gun, plastic gun or heavy gun,” said the woman.
Police retrieved the weapon, and school officials said it’s believed to have been used in the bus shooting.