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Thursday, October 27, 2011

KCSD criticized for response after shots fired at football team's bus

Someone shot at a school bus carrying Southwest High football players on Friday night, and some people say Kansas City school officials didn't really do much afterwards, Joe Robertson writes. The coach didn't file a police report about the incident until Sunday:

In the police report, Southwest coach Tim Johnson stated he had not filed a report sooner because he thought district administrators were going to report it.

According to multiple people familiar with the situation who did not want to be named, the district did not inform parents by phone calls or letters about the situation, and a crisis team was not sent into the school to talk with students until Wednesday.

I was working that night and heard the initial report. (The shooting happened near the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus.) Police said they couldn't find any victims on the scene and called it an "unfounded" report, initially at least. The district says there was a breakdown in communication.

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