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Four Young Men Tried To Forcibly Board CMS Bus

An eerie scene played out Monday afternoon. CMS students were riding the bus home when a car blocked their bus. Four young men with bandannas around their faces got out and tried to get on board. The bus was carrying kids from James Martin Middle in the University area. There were about forty kids on board. An assistant principal was also on the bus. She was trying to make sure everything went smoothly after some misbehavior last week. CMS spokeswoman Stacy Sneed says at 4:40 an SUV pulled up to the bus and then blocked its path. Four young men with bandannas around their faces got out and started banging on the bus. One of them kicked in the glass door. At that point the bus driver was able to maneuver around the car and headed back to school. He notified CMS authorities who called police. No one was injured. The Charlotte Observer reports that police believe the attack was in retaliation for a conflict last week between the bus driver and unruly students. The newspaper quotes the school's resource officer Kay Rivera. She says police are looking for a high school student known as Bam-Bam, who was a former James Martin student. She didn't give his real name, since she says he's still a juvenile. She believes the others are related to two of the students making trouble on the bus last week. After those remarks were published, CMPD refused to take further questions.