School bus halted after false threat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

School bus halted after false threat

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A school bus filled with children sat for nearly 30 minutes in the Gateway Shopping Center parking lot while a student pulled a prank.

Memphis Police Department received a call at 6 p.m. that a student on the bus had a weapon. Police said the driver stopped the Durham school bus in the 3200 block of Jackson Avenue after hearing students on the bus talk about having a taser. 

They responded to the scene, evacuated all the students, and learned none of the students were armed and none had a taser. There were approximately 20-30 students still on board the bus, according to police.

The driver of the bus told officers she did not see a taser, but thought at one point she heard one.

A student on the bus said the bus driver heard something that sounded like a taser. He said he believed a student had a taser app on his cellphone and was using that to terrorize the bus.

The student said anyone thinking of pulling pranks like this should just stop.

"Don't do it. It's not safe. It can cause a lot of problems."

The bus was carrying students from Kipp Academy. None of them were injured.

The students on the bus were released to their parents.

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