NASTA representatives taught drivers how to handle dangerous situations they might see during their daily drives.
“I just hope to be better prepared. I think being better prepared in any situation and having the knowledge of what to do, if something were to happen,” said bus driver Hazel Everettes.
Bus driver Judy Bowman said she has had angry parents board her bus and make threats to her and the students riding.
“It does make you feel you have to protect those kids,” Bowman said. “You do go into mother instinct because they’re your kids once they’re on your bus.”
NASTA evaluates situations bus drivers have encountered and teaches them how they can handle potential threats before they happen.
Scanlon mentioned crimes, terrorist threats and non-custodial parents are situations most seen by bus drivers. The training offer tactics and tools to address certain situations.
For example, “situational awareness that can help them identify a problem before they pull up on it,” Scanlon said.
Several bus drivers said they plan to use the tools that they learned on Friday immediately.
News Center 7’s Kayla Courvell contributed to this article.