PASCO (Washington) A school bus driver was stabbed as he picked up students at a Washington elementary school. He died from his injuries at a hospital.
Police Capt. Bill Parramore said that students from Longfellow Elementary were already on Friday's bus when a man jumped on the bus and attacked the driver. Bill Parramore stated. The driver lost control of his bus after the attack, and drove over the curb and crashed into some hedges close to the school.
Parramore stated that the children who were on the bus with the suspect were taken to the school building.
According to police, he was taken into custody immediately. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Parramore stated that no students were hurt in the attack and that the school called parents to collect their children. The motive behind the stabbing was not revealed by police.
Parramore informed reporters that detectives from Pasco Police Department will continue to investigate the crime scene into the wee hours of the morning. This investigation will be conducted in close collaboration with the Pasco Police Department.
He stated that no further information would be made public until Monday.
On Facebook, Michelle Whitney, Pasco School District Superintendent, wrote that we are deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our own. We are focusing our attention on helping the students and staff that have been deeply affected by this tragedy.
Whitney stated that counselors will be available for staff and students throughout the weekend.
These events can cause strong and unexpected emotions. Whitney wrote that you should not hesitate to contact your student's principal or school counselor if your child needs support.