Students go back to class after school bus shooting

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POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:25pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 8:16pm

Students at Kenilworth Science and Technology charter school are trying to get back to normal, Monday, after police say a 12-year-old student shot at a school bus Friday afternoon.

"Most of the students stated they were ok, but you could still see some of our students were shocked by the incident," Hazel Regis, Dean of Students for Kenilworth Science and Technology, said.

Regis started her day by checking in with student who ride the bus.

"Some of my students basically stated this incident could have been prevented had we handled it better as students. So, it's more so if something like this happening, and now our students are really like ok. It should not have happened. We should do better. We should talk with an adult,'' Regis said.

Regis explained the school added an extra police officer on campus, and has resources to help the kids feel safe.

"We also have two counselors who are free any time they need to speak with someone. We've ensured all of our staff members are exactly where they need to be everyday, just so that we have extra eyes out there," Regis stated. "...And our students know that we are safe at Kenilworth."

Baton Rouge Police say Friday afternoon they arrested 12-year-old. They said he got into a fight on the school bus after school. Police said the student got off the bus, went into his home, grabbed a gun and came back outside and shot the school bus three times.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says his office is taking the case very seriously.

This is a troubling issue," Moore said. "We need to look at for this particular individual under these circumstances why this happened that is not a good sign."

He said the juvenile will not be tried as an adult, and the case is in Juvenile Court.

School officials say they're doing everything they can to make sure kids know they have someone to turn to.

"Violence is not going to solve the problem. Fighting never solves the problem, speaking with an adult speaking with your parents and resolving the situation without being violent is what we ask them to do," Regis said.

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