During the recent shooting in San Bernardino, CA, where two shooters killed 14 people, school bus drivers stepped up and assisted in safely transporting survivors. A half a mile away, and in reaction to the news as it was unfolding, William Weisberg, area general manager of the San Bernardino customer service center for Durham School Services, got all of his employees inside, closed and locked the garage bay doors, and called the bus drivers who were on the road to tell them not to come back to the yard because everything was locked up.
About half an hour later, Weisberg received a call from the director of transportation for San Bernardino City Unified School District, who asked for bus drivers to go to the site of the shooting to shuttle survivors away from the scene. They asked for volunteers and four drivers stepped up to the task. For over 8 hours school bus drivers and drivers for Omnitrans, the local public transit system, shuttled hundreds of survivors from the scene of the shooting to designated safe areas where they were able to reunite with family members and give their statements to police.
The drivers stated they felt safe while transporting the survivors due to three California Highway Patrol officers on each bus and police officers in cars to escort them to the safe areas.
This is yet another example of school bus drivers going beyond their scope of duty to help others and another reason they have earned our respect.