Bus 31 Incident

Bus #31 Incident

Today, as a Mason Early Childhood Center bus driver was conducting his mandatory post-drive bus inspection, the driver found a single bullet near the back of the bus. The bus driver immediately notified MECC Principal Melissa Bly, who alerted law enforcement. The City of Mason’s Campus Safety Team and district administrators immediately began a joint investigation.

Prior to Bus 31 picking up MECC students today, that bus had picked up Western Row fourth grade students and Mason Middle School students who attend school on the Mason Intermediate campus.

A team of police and district leaders combed through video footage of all three routes. We also utilized the City of Mason’s canine unit. Additionally, Mason City Schools administrators and counselors interviewed everyone who rode the impacted bus today. Each Bus 31 student’s backpack and locker was also searched. The MECC, WR and MMS families of students who ride Bus 31 have been contacted by their school principals.

We are not yet sure how the bullet got on the bus. However, our police partners have confirmed that students and staff are safe, and that there is no reason to believe our schools were in danger.

We are very proud of our bus driver for performing his job in such a thorough and conscientious manner. In addition, we are extremely grateful for our City of Mason law enforcement partners.

About the Mason Campus Safety Team
In August 2018, the Mason City Schools Board of Education expanded the district’s partnership with the City of Mason to increase school safety. Three years ago, the City had an innovative vision to create a Campus Safety District. Today, that vision is a reality and means that our schools went from having two law enforcement officers in 17-18 to having 13 Campus Safety Team members (which includes eight law enforcement officers, three security specialists, and two firefighter/ paramedics.) The Mason City School District is able to leverage the City’s $850,000 investment in campus safety and invests an additional $530,000 to ensure law enforcement presence in each school, and throughout important public areas in our community.

Say Something

Our students and staff’s safety is always our number one priority. We encourage anyone to submit safety concerns (even anonymously) to our administration in four different ways:

1.Phone:    513-972-4910

2.Text:       513-972-4910

3.Email:     1059@alert1.us

4.Web:       http://1059.alert1.us

Thank you for your partnership in keeping our schools safe.

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