ABC 6 News Exclusive: Students Recall Moment Air Rifle Fired Into Forest City School Bus

January 09, 2018 01:43 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- An ordinary bus ride to school quickly became anything but ordinary for a group of Forest City students Friday when a pellet from an air rifle hit a bus window, shattering it and sending glass shards onto a student.

The incident happened in the 700 block of South Clark Street just after 7:30 a.m., according to the Forest City Police Department. 


Luckily, no one was injured, but it was a day the students on the bus won't soon forget.

"We were actually at a little girl's house surprisingly, and she was just getting on the bus and all of us in the back, there was probably 5 of us I think, and all of us heard a pop," eighth-grader Jayden Springer said.

When Springer looked up, she said she saw a hole in the window next to her.

"Everybody just like starts freaking out and one of the girls on the other side of the bus is like 'I just found a bullet in my hair,'" Springer said.

The man accused of shooting at the bus, 32-year-old Martin Tindall of Forest City, is charged with felony intimidation with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Another student on the bus at the time, ninth grader Kyra Madrigal, said her biggest fear in the moment was that something worse could have come next.

"I was scared because they easily could've run to the other road and shot again at the other side of the bus," she said.

Madrigal's mom picked her and her 8-year-old brother up from school early Friday, also concerned about the possibility of other incidents happening that day.

Both teens said school officials and law enforcement officers did a decent job handling the situation but said there were some things that could've been handled differently.

The girls rode the bus Monday, which was a slightly uncomfortable experience, Springer said.

"It's just that one spot now that we're all like 'Okay, we've got to be careful, watch out,'" she said

Madrigal, 14, says she will get her license in a few weeks, and after that, she plans to rarely take the bus after what happened.

"I already get my school permit this month so I won't be riding very much anyways," she said.

On Friday, Forest City Community School District Superintendent Darwin Lehmann issued a statement writing "all children are safe and there were no injuries as a result of the shattered window."


Logan Reigstad

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