73-year-old Ronald W. Jones of Susquehanna Township has been charged with disorderly conduct and fired from the Rhorer Bus Company after Dauphin County Technical School students called authorities when they say Jones displayed a gun and said it was for “bad kids.” The incident happened Monday afternoon as students were being transported from school. Susquehanna Township Police were notified and subsequently stopped the bus driver in a lot on Progress Avenue. They recovered the weapon and learned it was a toy Tommy gun. Jones was removed from the bus and a substitute driver took the students to their bus stops.
“All the times we’ve talked to adults we’ve also talked to children from the time they’re small when they’re in kindergarten talking to them about what do you do and what’s the appropriate reaction for certain things and they absolutely, they were calm, they did the right thing, they used their phones, they absolutely alerted authorities right away,” said Susan Kegerise, Superintendent, Susquehanna Township School District.
If the gun was real Jones would have faced a number of charges including having a weapon on school property. The Director of Public Safety with Lower Paxton Township told FOX43 he has never been told that the toy gun was shown to the “bad kids” in the past.