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Surveillance Video: 14-year old threatens students with gun on school bus, claims she was picked on

(WAPT) YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- The incident occurred Tuesday morning and was recorded by a surveillance camera mounted in the school bus. The video showed the girl taking the gun from a backpack, loading it and then walking up and down the aisle of the bus, sometimes pointing the gun at students.

The video showed the bus driver pulling the bus over and calling the girl to the front to ask her what's going on. The girl can be heard on surveillance video telling the bus driver that she was being picked on.

"You better shut up," the girl is heard telling the students.

Many of the students started to run out of the bus, which is when Yazoo County High School football player Kaleb Eulls stepped into action, police said.

"Put the gun down," Eulls is heard screaming on the surveillance video.

Eulls is shown on the video tackling and then wrestling the gun away from the girl. No one was injured.

Jennifer Harrison’s 10-year-old daughter was sitting across from the 14-year-old girl when she pulled out the gun. She called her mother on a cell phone for help.

“She said, ‘A girl is on the bus and she has a gun. She told us to put our head down. What do I do now,” Harrison said her daughter told her over the phone.

Harrison said she heard the whole incident over the phone, but couldn't do anything about it. The gravity of it didn't sink in though until she saw the surveillance video from the bus.

“When I saw the (video), it was real,” Harrison said. “I saw my baby walk those seats. I saw my baby jump through the aisle to get off that bus. She was scared. She was afraid.”
Harrison’s 14-year-old son was also on the bus. He was behind Eulls when he tackled the 14-year-old to the ground and got the gun.

Harrison said her children told her they knew children on the bus picked on the 14-year-old girl.

“This is an example right here of what they call fun and it turned out this way,” Harrison said. “It could've been much sadder. Instead of us just being filled with anxiety and fear, we could've been grieving. Someone could've been making funeral arrangements today.”

Paul Coughlin, founder of Protectors, a group that tackles the issue of bullying, spoke Thursday to students at Northwest Rankin High School.

“Most school shooters that bring a gun to school, almost all of them are male. And so this is a big deal, now we have girls bringing guns to school which is not common and that does not bode well in the future. We have to do something about it,” Coughlin said.

Coughlin encouraged students to talk to counselors or someone they can trust before the problem gets out of control.

The Yazoo County 14-year-old is charged with 22 counts of attempted aggravated assault, 22 counts of kidnapping and one count of felony possession of a firearm on a school bus, Vaughan said.

She was being held at the Yazoo County Youth Detention Center on Wednesday. It has not yet been determined whether the girl will be tried as an adult, officials said.


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Added: Sep-3-2009 Occurred On: Sep-1-2009
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