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Mother: Student Shot on School Bus with BB Gun

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Duval County mother is fired up after her daughter was allegedly shot with a BB gun on a school bus.

But she still can't understand why nothing is being done yet to keep it, or something worse, from happening again.

"He said 'pow pow' and did this to my head like this," Ivy Miller, 10, said, pointing her fingers at her head like a gun.

Miller is a fourth grade honor student who's usually focused on school.

She wants to be a veterinarian.

But this week, the Loretto Elementary School student's mind is on her safety.

"I turned around to talk to my friend on the bus and then I felt this pain in my back and it really hurt," Miller said. "I started crying."
 
"I got a phone call [Tuesday] saying my child was shot with a BB gun by a student on a Duval County school bus," Miller's mother, Gloria, said.

The concerned parent is now looking for answers from Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

According to the DCPS code of conduct, possessing a prohibited item, including BB guns and air strike guns are Class III, or major, offenses.

Fighting or battery on a school bus is also a Class III offense.

JSO is interviewing the students involved after seeing the bus video from Durham School Services, the bus system used for Loretto. 

"You can see on the video where it looks like a, uh, one of the kids turns and fired some kind of a, looks like a BB, some kind of air rifle," the officer investigating, Ofc. M.L. Chase, told First Coast News on the phone. "You can hear I believe Ivy's voice going 'ouch.'"

That video has not yet been released to First Coast News.

Miller doesn't know exactly who shot her, but said she was also threatened on the bus that same afternoon.

"Then [name withheld] said, 'You better shut up or I'm going to get my friend to shoot you again.'"

"Crime starts with children being introduced to things like guns, play guns," Gloria Miller said. "Next thing you know, it's a real gun."

The JSO officer investigating said  he will eventually file a battery report for the incident.

In the meantime, Gloria is taking her daughter to school and picking her up, worried what else could happen on the school bus.

"What if they shoot me again," Miller asked, "and this time it's not a BB gun?"

DCPS spokesperson Jill Johnson would not confirm the shooting occurred but said if it had, the students involved would be disciplined according to the school board's code of conduct standards.

First Coast News

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