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July 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The bullied school bus monitor is headed for retirement with a nicely feathered nest -- thanks to the kindness of strangers. Karen Klein, the 68-year-old grandmother and school bus monitor who was mercilessly bullied in an incident captured on video earlier this summer, is calling it quits. Klein's harassment garnered attention around the globe, giving many people a front-row seat to what it's like to be bullied. The video went viral online and triggered an outpouring of support.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Sam Schaefer
A school bus crashed near a golf course in Anaheim Hills on Thursday afternoon, trapping the driver and leaving more than a dozen people injured, including nine students. The crash was reported around 3:38 p.m. in the 6500 block of East N ohl Ranch Canyon Road, along the Anaheim Hills Golf Course, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz of the Anaheim Fire Department.  Video footage on KTLA showed the yellow bus wedged into a tree at the base of a hillside, and then the driver being extricated from the front of the vehicle.
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October 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See below for details.
A 22-year-old man with a knife took control of a school bus with 11 elementary school students on board Thursday morning in Jacksonville, Ark., leading police on a chase that was partially captured on video, authorities said.  No one was injured, police told The Times.  The suspect, Nicholas John Miller, first attempted to carjack a woman who didn't have a car, police said. Then he got behind the steering wheel of the school bus, with the driver staying on board with the students.
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April 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A school bus driver did not appear to hit his brakes before his bus with 11 students slammed into a tree Thursday afternoon in the Anaheim Hills, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials said the driver and two students were critically injured in the crash and that three other students had minor injuries. CHP spokesman Officer Florentino Olivera said a full investigation would be conducted. But he added that preliminary evidence indicates that the brakes may not have been used prior to the crash along East Nohl Ranch Road by the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.  "I don't see any skid marks.
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June 18, 2000
On the school bus, there's lots of chatter, About movies and games and sports, and in softball-who's the batter. We listen to the radio or sit there and stare, We're very bored, so we look who is there. We sit on the uncomfortable seats, We sit there and stare at the shoes on our feet. At the bus stop, the driver gives us a lift, The bus driver acts like the bus is a gift. We get on and off, the ride we survived, It's so very boring, I can't believe we're alive.
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June 21, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A vehicle being pursued by Los Angeles Police Department officers Friday struck a yellow school bus filled with children, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported in the collision at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hill Street in South L.A. near the Harbor Freeway, said LAPD spokesman Richard French. Two children complained of head pain, and one was taken to a hospital as a precaution, he said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony evasion, French said.
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March 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A vigil is scheduled Tuesday night for a Palmdale teen who was killed when he was hit by a school bus while riding his bike. Friends and family of Michael Valenzuela, 18, will gather at the intersection of 55th Street and Avenue R at 8 p.m. to remember the soccer-playing high school graduate, KTLA-TV reported. Valenzuela was hit at about 3:45 p.m. as he rode his bike to soccer practice, said Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident.
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November 20, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A 13-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday inside a school bus in a Miami suburb, police said. Police said a male student was taken into custody in connection with the attack, but authorities haven't released his name or age. The shooting occurred on a private bus while it was at intersection of 137th Avenue and Southwest 296th Street in Homestead, Fla., police told the Los Angeles Times. After the attack, the girl was taken to Miami Children's Hospital, police told The Times.
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November 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A 13-year-old girl was shot to death while riding a school bus south of Miami after another student pulled a gun out of his backpack and displayed it before firing at her once, police said Wednesday. Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, identified as Lourdes Guzman in an arrest document obtained by the Los Angeles Times, was airlifted Tuesday morning to Miami Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her 7-year-old sister was riding on the same bus and may have witnessed the shooting.
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June 21, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A video of New York schoolboys taunting a 68-year-old school bus monitor has gone viral, watched more than 1.65 million times since it was posted online Tuesday. It's led many people to decry a new low in an increasingly coarse culture and to ask: What's wrong with our children? Social media is driving an effort to try to help the monitor, Karen Klein. More than $278,000 --  and counting -- has been raised. The money is ostensibly a “vacation” fund for Klein, but it's turning into a financial indicator of the public's outrage over the boys' bullying behavior and a way to collectively apologize to Klein.
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April 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
Moments after a school bus crashed in the Anaheim Hills, students screamed for help as Good Samaritans rushed to free them from the wrecked vehicle, according to witnesses. The witnesses heard a loud crack Thursday afternoon as the yellow bus smashed into trees on a grassy hill along East Nohl Ranch Road by the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.  "I saw the bus drive up and fly up and crash," said Michelle Imperial, who was driving in the opposite direction. She said she pulled over and called 911 as children screamed: "Help me!
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February 14, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- Sometimes, Al Roker gets all hot and bothered about the weather. Thursday, for instance, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that more snow fell in the city than had been predicted, weatherman  Roker took to Twitter to contradict the mayor and criticize the city's decision to keep schools open in the inclement weather. For that, he's sorry. Appearing on the "Today" show in Sochi this morning, Roker apologized for a comment that he said was a little “below the line.” He had written that his “long range DiBlasio forecast” was one term.
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December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One student and an adult were taken to a hospital after a school bus they were riding in collided with another vehicle in Reseda on Thursday morning, authorities said. The crash occurred at 7:48 a.m. in the 7000 block of Corbin Avenue. The school bus was carrying 11 students at the time of the crash, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. When crews arrived on scene, the children were already off the school bus. Three people were evaluated for medical attention, Humphrey added.
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December 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
One child was killed and several more were injured after a dump truck crashed into a school bus near Boise, Idaho, on Thursday morning, according to media reports. A local sheriff told the Associated Press that at least four children were injured. The crash reportedly happened south of the city of Nampa. KTVB-TV, citing local school officials , reported that the bus belonged to the Kuna School District and was headed to Crimson Point Elementary. A spokesman for the Canyon County Sheriff's Office declined to comment, saying the Idaho State Police were handling the crash.
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November 6, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
The mother of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a school bus in Glendale earlier this year was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the stomach during a dispute over drugs, police said. Karen Hernandez, 30, was arrested about 5:25 a.m. on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after officers arrived at the couple's apartment building and saw her outside holding a 10-inch knife, Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. Her 35-year-old partner was also in front of the apartment building, clutching his abdomen, the Glendale News-Press reported.
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October 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Melanie Mason, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SPARKS, Nev. -- Two students from separate schools committed suicide within days of each other this month -- which is National Bullying Prevention Month -- and both boys apparently had been bullied. Now, parents are asking questions not just about bullying but also about anti-bullying videos, which both schools aired shortly before the incidents.  Brad Lewis' son Jordan, 15, a sophomore at Carterville High School in Illinois, killed himself Oct. 17 by shooting himself in the chest.
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August 13, 2012 | Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The accident that claimed 13-year-old Julia Cukier Siegler happened fast, and it replays on an infinite loop in her mother's mind. "Julia was pressing the button, waiting," said Jody Cukier Siegler. "I could see her blond hair dancing between the branches of the eucalyptus tree. The bus driver motioned. I see the blond hair leave the branches. The bus goes through the light, and I hear Julia being hit. " About 7:20 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2010, the Harvard-Westlake Middle School eighth-grader stepped into the crosswalk on Sunset Boulevard at Cliffwood Avenue, against a red light, to catch her eastbound school bus. The side mirror of a passing SUV clipped her, spinning her to the ground.
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April 6, 2012 | By Richard Simon
The death of a 7-year-old Iowa girl, hit by a driver whizzing past a stopped school bus, has triggered an effort in Congress to strengthen the penalties for ignoring the flashing red lights.  Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) has introduced Kadyn's Act, named after Kadyn Halverson, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck last year while crossing a street to board her stopped school bus.  Court records say that the driver was traveling 61 miles per hour. The measure seeks to press states into enacting a fine of least $250 -- with the possibility of up to 30 days in jail and driver's license suspension -- for a driver who fails to brake for a stopped school bus.  That would be for a first offense.
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October 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See below for details.
A 22-year-old man with a knife took control of a school bus with 11 elementary school students on board Thursday morning in Jacksonville, Ark., leading police on a chase that was partially captured on video, authorities said.  No one was injured, police told The Times.  The suspect, Nicholas John Miller, first attempted to carjack a woman who didn't have a car, police said. Then he got behind the steering wheel of the school bus, with the driver staying on board with the students.
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