Northside High School faces bus attack and car break-ins

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Students, parents and teachers are shaken up after a Northside High School bus is the target of an attack Friday night after a football game. The bus was returning to Columbus from Leesburg, Georgia on Interstate 185 near Saint Mary's Road when police say someone broke through two of the windows with an unknown object.

The attack on a Northside High School football bus was a big scare Friday night, but once that bus returned to Columbus, there was more bad news and broken glass to deal with.

"We found the driver's side window was shattered. They had ransacked everything in the front of the car and they took my purse," explained Northside High School parent Penny Jones.

Jones owns one of the six cars broken into in the Northside High School parking lot, "We were scattered throughout the parking lot and it was random. We couldn't decide how they picked whose car or truck they were going to break in to."

Columbus Police are investigating the incidents, and the school district says they're also looking into the situation.

"Right now we have no evidence of anything in reference to a car break in or the bus incident are related. However, we can't speculate one way or another. We don't feel that any staff or students are targets of any incident from the past few days," said Valerie Fuller with the Muscogee County School District.

Jones added, "We were hoping it wasn't related to that incident, but we don't know enough information about that to tie into this. I just wish they would find out who did it so I could feel better. But it scares me to death to know we will still be traveling until football season is over with."

The Muscogee County School District says they are looking at security measures for all the schools, and Columbus Police will now know the schedules of buses coming into Columbus from away games and activities.

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