Thursday morning was anything but normal for 11 elementary school children riding a school bus. What started out as a routine bus ride, turned into a 10-mile chase by police. KATV reported on October 17, 2013, that a man with a knife hijacked the school bus while it was enroute to Pinewood Elementary School in Jacksonville, Ark.
Nicholas Miller, age 22, allegedly hijacked the school bus when it made a routine stop to pick up students. Miller told police that he needed to take the bus in order to save his life. He jumped on the school bus when it made a routine stop. Miller was armed with a knife. Police stated that Miller was unsuccessful in taking a passenger car earlier that morning.
Eleven students were on the bus. No one was harmed during the hijacking. The bus was picking up Pinewood Elementary School students when it was hijacked. Pinewood is part of the Pulaski County Special School District. State police and Cabot police were quickly on the scene. After a 10-mile chase, Miller pulled the bus over and surrendered to authorities. He faces 12 counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, vehicle piracy, and a variety of other criminal charges.
Lynda Altman is very concerned about the state of the public schools in Arkansas and the United States. She writes a blog called Homeschooling When Mom has Cancer. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.