Thrown rock shatters window of bus carrying Montgomery children

Thrown rock shatters window of bus carrying Montgomery children
Someone threw a small rock at a window of a passing church bus carrying more than 20 children home Wednesday night in Gibbs Village. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
No one was hurt, but the incident frightened the little passengers. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
No one was hurt, but the incident frightened the little passengers. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The children had just spent the afternoon at Common Ground Montgomery which is an after school program to help children with character development and academics. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The children had just spent the afternoon at Common Ground Montgomery which is an after school program to help children with character development and academics. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A routine bus stop turned downright scary for Ken Austin and the children he was dropping off at Gibbs Village Wednesday around 6 p.m.

"From the noise, it was like a gunshot, a huge impact," Austin said. It came out of nowhere.

"It could have killed her. It could have killed her," Austin went on.

The blast was the result of a small rock, weighing mere ounces, being hurled at the bus. It destroyed the entire side window of the bus.

"It was a dangerous event. These kids could have lost an eye," Austin said.

Sitting in the line of fire were two children, a 9-year-old next to the window and 6-year-old. Thankfully, there were no cuts or injuries.

The children had just spent their afternoon at Common Ground Montgomery, an after-school program that focuses on character development, leadership, and academics.

Common Ground leaders don't believe the bus was specifically targeted, more likely a random act of stupidity. Executive Director Justin Hampton didn't necessarily feel anger at the time.

"Initially it was a mix of disappointment and sadness when I think about who might have done this. There were 20 plus children on the bus at the time," he explained.

It was almost one year ago when a car plowed into the front of the building of Common Ground Montgomery, causing major damage. Now, this.

"That one percent makes all the noise. We have a great community, people love what we do," said Austin.

A shattered window cut into what was otherwise a peaceful ride home. Hampton and Austin say they will carry on much like they did nearly one year ago.

Common Ground Montgomery leaders estimate the damage to be around $375.

No one knows who did it and the motive remains unclear.

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