Parents dressed in night clothes ran into Southwest High School after hearing reports of a shooting early Tuesday morning.
Shortly after 6:45 a.m., Macon police were called to investigate shots fired near a bus stop at Virginia Drive and Dalton Street, but no one was hurt, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.
Southwest parent Debra Bradley said she got a frantic call from her daughter, who was on board bus No. 405 when the gunfire started.
She could seem him, said Bradley, who ran into the school in her robe. She said, Mama, silver car, he had on black with a gun and I could see it, Mama. He just kept shooting and he followed the bus all the way to school.
The Bibb County school system rerouted buses in the area until the roads were deemed safe for travel, according to a news release.
Donald Porter, director of communications for the system, said the investigation is ongoing with Macon police, but there was no evidence of damage to the bus by late Tuesday morning.
After the turmoil, some adults signed out their children and took them home for the day.
Gayleen Middletons daughter Veronica called her mother to come get her.
Veronica had initially heard two girls were shot, but that was not true, authorities said.
Veronicas bus driver did pull over at Ingram-Pye Elementary School after students were yelling about the shooting on another bus, she said.
My bus driver said shes not fixing to get in the middle of it, so she pulled over, Veronica said. Its that hood-beefing stuff theyre talking about.
Middleton said she might not bring her daughter back to Southwest this year.
Im sick of the Bibb County Board of Education not helping these children out, Middleton said.
Another woman who feared for her childs safety hurried from the school with her daughter.
I dont know what happened. Im just carrying my child home, she said.
Multiple Macon police cars and Macon-Bibb Fire Department units and ambulances responded to the high school on Williamson Road at about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Emergency medical technicians attended to a distraught student inside the school, but no one was physically hurt or transported to the hospital.
Southwest students were given the option to go home and those staying were offered counseling, the news releases stated.
The Georgia High School Graduation Test for social studies was administered as scheduled, but a retest is ordered for Friday for those who went home.
Bibb County Campus Police Chief Russell Bentley arrived at the school at about 7:40 a.m. and referred questions about the incident to Porter.
Acting Superintendent of Schools Susanne Griffin-Ziebart said this in the release: School safety remains our primary focus. Southwest High Schools staff and campus police will continue to support students with supervision and other appropriate safety measures during dismissal from our school sites.
The news release also praised the swift and efficient response from law enforcement, transportation staff and faculty.