ATHENS, Ga. -- A 15-year-old girl shot out the window of a school bus Monday afternoon as it traveled through a neighborhood on Athens’ Westside, Athens-Clarke police said.
The driver was the only person in the bus at the time of the 2 p.m. shooting, and he was not injured, police said.
He recognized the teen as a student who had been on his bus before, and officers arrested her at her home not far from the shooting scene, in the area of Westchester Drive and Chalfont Lane, police said.
Police charged with girl with a terroristic act and interference with government property, both felonies, and released her to her mother.
A police report did include the school the girl attends.
The shooting happened two weeks after a pair of Athens Christian School students were arrested and charged in a series of BB gun shootings on Athens’ Eastside that injured two pedestrians and shattered windows of moving cars.
One of the pedestrians was an 11-year-old girl who was walking with her mother on Cedar Shoals Drive, and a man on Lexington Road almost became a third victim when one of the suspects shot at him but missed, damaging his car, police said.
The girl who was arrested Monday was charged as a juvenile, so police did not release her name.
Then, Tuesday afternoon, Cedar Shoals High School Principal Tony Price notified parents that a student had brought a pellet gun onto campus that day.
The student never tried to use the gun, nor appeared to have any intention to do so, but school officials confiscated the weapon and suspended the student, according to Price’s letter.
“The student has been removed from school grounds in accordance with the CCSD Disciplinary Code of Conduct; disciplinary action will follow,” the principal wrote in the letter.
Though pellet guns aren’t as powerful as regular handguns, police treat them as weapons.
“They may be BB guns, and their impact is less lethal than regular handguns, but in the same token they are weapons and they can be dangerous,” Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said.