NC bus driver called hero for stopping couple with loaded guns outside elementary school

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Alice Bradley

MACON COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina school bus driver is being called a hero after stopping a couple with loaded guns outside of an elementary school.

WLOS reported that bus driver Alice Bradley spotted Adam Conley and Kathryn Jeter near her bus at South Macon Elementary on Thursday morning.

The driver said Conley pointed a gun at her and she floored her car toward him, sending him running for cover.

Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland said Bradley’s quick action likely prevented bloodshed at the school. The suspects have said they would have started shooting students or teachers if it was “God’s will.”

A cat was also found shot and stabbed on the school’s campus. The sheriff said when they later questioned the suspects, one of them said the cat was “defective.”

Investigators said the couple had five pistols on them. Police said the bus driver discovered the couple when she pulled up to the school.

“He just pointed it at me, and I said ‘Lord he’s going to shoot me.’ I just boarded my car and went toward him,” bus driver Alice Bradley said.

Police and students’ families are praising the bus driver’s actions, but the driver said she only did what anyone else would have. A parent of a student at the school described the male suspect as a “very sick individual.”

Both suspects face various and are being held on a $1 million bond. Conley’s charges include attempted first degree murder and Jeter’s include assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.