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December 22, 2012

No shooter, but police vow arrests

Students in bus incident say people 'going crazy'


“I was driving up Winter Street and I heard a pop,” she said, noting that police allowed her to only discuss how she responded to the incident. “I looked at my mirror, saw the window, pulled over immediately and called Coppola’s (the bus company) office.”

Haverhill High sophomore Dereck Amoros said he was on Belmer’s bus Thursday.

“It was crazy,” he said. “Everybody started saying it was a BB gun. This kind of thing can happen to anybody now.’’

Freshman Shanice Gaouette said she didn’t ride the bus on Thursday, but she heard about what happened.

“With the shootings in Connecticut, it just sounds like everyone is going crazy,” she said of last week’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 young children and several adults dead.

Freshman Kimberly Morse said she could not understand why anyone would fire BBs at a school bus.

“I think it’s crazy and stupid,” she said.

The shooting of the high school bus happened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Winter and Hale streets. School officials said the bus, which students pay $1 a day to ride, was bringing teenagers home from Haverhill High and was traveling on Winter Street when one of its windows was shattered. One student received a minor injury when brushing off pieces of glass that fell onto her. She sustained a small cut to her knuckle, police said. But police stressed that students could have received serious injuries from the shooting.

The earlier incident happened on a Head Start bus about 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Main and Marshland streets. John Cuneo, director of Community Action Inc. which runs the Head Start program in Haverhill, said about 35 children ages 3 and 4 were riding the Coppola company bus. Cuneo said there were four or five children seated close to the window that was shot. When children arrived at the Fox Head Start Center, they were checked for pieces of glass.

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