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School changes policy after strange man makes it onto bus

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It's a story we first broke on FOX 10. A strange man walked onto a valley school bus with several students on board, and then left a 9-millimeter fully loaded magazine in one of the seats.

But thanks to our news alert, that man is now behind bars. And the school district now has specific requirements for adults riding the school bus.

Now only adults with a school-issued photo ID will be allowed on the bus, and they have to sit in the front of the bus.

One lawmaker was surprised these guidelines weren't in place to begin with.

Video shows 29-year-old Jeremy West boarding an Alhambra District School bus Thursday morning. He was believed to be carrying a gun.

District officials say the bus driver thought he was a parent -- a district spokesperson says it's not uncommon for parents to take the school bus to school events.

"Knowing that a large percentage of our parents do not have transportation we provide additional resources," says Linda Jeffries, Alhambra District spokesperson.

Friday, the district released guidelines requiring parents who ride the bus get a school photo ID to show the driver. The district is also looking at emergency response systems for the buses.

"It could be some sort of panic button, something that calls 911 or gives us direct access to the police department."

The fact the district didn't have these measures already in place is concerning to House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. He introduced a plan at the beginning of the year addressing school safety.

"Still allows the district to control their schools and dictate their safety protocols which they should, but it requires them to go through a safety assessment and threat assessment and we give them the money to do that. Then we set up a school safety fund which they can apply for -- new technology, new fence whatever they need," says Rep. Campbell.

When West got off the bus, he left a 9-mm fully loaded magazine on the seat. He was arrested late Thursday night thanks to tips from the public.

"We are making certain we have our new operating procedures and we are certainly taking advantage of the situation to make sure we train our transportation employees and adhere to these new operating procedures," says Jeffries.

Until the school IDs can be made for adults and bus driver training on the new guidelines is complete, only students will be allowed to ride the Alhambra buses.

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