Principal rescues students on burning bus
CREATED Mar. 26, 2012
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local school principal is being hailed as a hero for saving his students from a burning bus.
Superintendent Dwight Jones honored Principal Monte Bay with a special commendation on Monday, but Bay says the life-saving effort was a matter of teamwork.
A field trip to San Diego came to a fiery end on Saturday night when a rear tire exploded on a Coach America tour bus and the back of the bus erupted in flames.
The bus, carrying students, teachers and chaperons had just pulled into the parking lot in front of the West Career and Technical Academy on West Charleston.
Principal Bay says "Whenever you have a situation where you know, you just see immediate danger to kids and staff, your adrenalin starts flowing."
He adds, the school district has a department that specializes in crisis management, and that night his training kicked in. He also insists it was a team that got those kids off the bus safely.
"I just want to thank all the people that were there. The parents."
According to Principal Bay, two parents suffered minor injuries trying to battle the smoke and flames, but they'll be ok.
School Superintendent Dwight Jones thinks that's more than ok. He surprised Bay on Monday with a special commendation thanking him for his hard work, leadership and protecting the children.
Principal Bay says the credit must be shared. He says students and parents have been calling the Academy, " ...and just saying, thank goodness everybody was ok and thanking the staff and all that they did."