With the recent hostage event involving a school bus, more calls are coming in about bus intruder response. Can Run-Hide-Fight applied to buses? Sure. But the option of “Drive” should be included. I base this on my training and experience on the Governor’s Detail for the State Patrol. If you are inside a vehicle and the potential attacker is outside the vehicle, make every effort to drive out of the area to avoid the attack.

Bus drivers have an incredibly difficult job dealing with traffic safety and student supervision; but their situational awareness and ability to detect potential attackers before they reach the bus is extremely important. While all drivers should be trained in intruder response, situational awareness and critical decision making must be incorporated into the training. The chart below provides some general guidance on how Drive-Run-Hide-Fight may be applied.

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