Student taken into custody after shots fired near Yantis ISD school bus

Updated: May. 21, 2018 at 9:14 AM CDT
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YANTIS, TX (KLTV) - A student was taken into custody after shots were fired near a Yantis ISD school bus on Friday afternoon.

According to Superintendent Tracy Helfferich, the bus driver let off a student at their stop and drove down the street to continue drop off. When it circled back around to get out of the area, the bus driver heard two shots fired and observed the student they had dropped off standing at the street.

It is unclear at this time whether the shots were fired into the air or at something specific.

The bus driver was able to get out of the area safely and called 911. No one was injured.

A rumor was circulating that shots were fired into the school bus, but Helfferich says that's not true. There is zero damage to the bus and no signs that shots ever hit the bus.

All grade levels were on the bus at the time of the incident.

Helfferich says the weapon was not brought to school.

The student has been taken into custody but it is not clear what charges will be filed. KLTV has reached out to the Wood County Sheriff's Office for more information.

Hellferich says the student is not allowed to come back to school at this time. She doesn't know at this time whether he will be suspended or expelled as that will depend on charges filed against the student and the completion of the investigation.

"It will be taken seriously, and punishment will be to the extent of the law," says Hellferich.

A call out was made to parents after the incident occurred once the district was allowed to do so, during the process of the investigation.

Security is on campus today. Hellferich stressed that there is no threat on any of the campuses, the security is there for everyone's safety and peace of mind.

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