A Charlotte-Mecklenburg school bus driver apparently was the hero late Monday afternoon, talking a student into handing over a loaded gun and ending a hijacking attempt by the seventh-grader.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say the boy, a student at Northeast Middle School, apparently carried two guns onto Bus 1341 and tried forcing the driver to take him to another location.
CMS police Deputy Chief Randy Hagler told reporters he assumed the student had the guns at school earlier in the day.
The teen, whose name has not been released, was charged with eight counts of kidnapping and two counts of bringing a firearm onto school property. He is jailed at a juvenile detention center. He also faces expulsion from CMS.
According to two broadcast reports, other students said the boy waved a gun in the air during the incident and talked about shooting government officials.