Juveniles suspected of throwing rocks at middle school bus, breaking windows

A number of juveniles are accused of throwing rocks at a Double Churches Middle School bus early Monday, breaking some of its windows and causing hundreds of dollars in damage, authorities said.

The bus, headed toward school and carrying about 40 students, was at 45th Street and First Avenue at 8:30 a.m. when the suspects began tossing the rocks, said police and Valerie Fuller, communications director with the school district.

“The witnesses said they were children who were hiding behind a building and threw chunks of rocks,” Fuller added. “It shattered the glass. Children were scratched by the glass.”

Fuller said there were no serious injuries.

Authorities contacted parents, and the students moved to another bus, Fuller said. Police report $225 in damage was done to the bus.

No arrests have been made, police report.

Monday’s incident came on the heels of the possible shooting at a Northside High School bus Friday night. The bus, carrying the school’s football team, was headed north on I-185 near the Buena Vista Road exit when something struck a window and exited a window on the other side, states Northside Principal James Wilson in an e-mail.

On Sunday, Lt. John McMichael said a nearby bus driver spotted what might have been a gold Mercury Grand Marquis with three people inside at the time the object went through the window. The lieutenant added that someone saw one of the people in the car with something in his hand as he held it outside the vehicle.