Single shot fired on South Bend school bus, juvenile detained

NOW: Single shot fired on South Bend school bus, juvenile detained

A shot was fired on a South Bend school bus Tuesday afternoon, according to South Bend Police.

Tuesday at 4:47 p.m., South Bend Police were dispatched the 400 block of E. Teri Street in South Bend for reports of shots fired.

Police said the shot was fired from inside the bus.

There were Jackson Middle School students on the bus at the time.

There were no injuries reported.

A juvenile suspect was detained at the Juvenile Justice Center on the charges of dangerous possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and criminal recklessness.

The South Bend Community School Corporation released the following letter to parents:

Dear Jackson Community,

We learned yesterday evening (Tuesday) that at approximately 4:45 p.m., a suspected firearm was discharged on or near a bus transporting our students. We are supporting the South Bend Police Department as they investigate this incident. Our staff followed all procedures to keep our students safe. This investigation is underway, and we will share any information necessary as it becomes available.

We have increased our security measures today, and will have heightened security at dismissal this afternoon.

Each of us must be vigilant and focused on safety. Questions and information should be directed to SBPD by calling Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP. All are encouraged to use our district's QuickTip Portal, where individuals (family, students, staff, and community members) may report concerns or information anonymously.

Thank you,

Niesha Phillips
Principal

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