Grenade scare on bus worries parents

Student found carrying deactivated grenade on bus in Alvin ISD

TEXAS CITY, Texas - Parents of elementary students in the Alvin Independent School District worry about their children's safety after a student on a bus was carrying a deactivated grenade on Wednesday.

"It's scary to just send your children to school now," said M. Coronado. "My daughter, one of her little best friends, the little girl was crying."

The student was riding to Don Jeter Elementary School in Rosharon when another student noticed he was carrying a grenade.

"It's great that he spoke up. It's just amazing to me," said Coronado.

"When the student notified the bus driver as they should have, they took all precautions to ensure security and safety," said Daniel Combs, the communications director for the Alvin ISD. "They removed the students from the bus."

Coronado's children usually ride the same bus but she instead drove them to school Wednesday. As she drove past the bus, she saw the district's police arriving.

"I saw when all the children were lined up against the wall and the police officers were around the bus," she said.

The Texas City Regional Bomb Squad inspected the grenade and reported it wasn't live.

"A technician from the Texas City Bomb Squad recovered the device and determined that the core had been removed and was not capable of detonation," said Alvin ISD Police Chief Mike Putnal.

A second bus took the students to Don Jeter Elementary, where counselors were waiting for them.

"We definitely don't want anything that is a weapon or can even be misconstrued as a weapon because it doesn't contribute to a safe learning environment for our students," said Combs.

Combs didn't say if the student was disciplined.

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