Bus Hijacker Had Hepatitis-B Virus
MIAMI (AP) _ The driver and several children who endured a 15-mile ride aboard a hijacked school bus have been tested for the hepatitis-B virus after authorities revealed the slain hijacker had the virus.
Officials with the Dade County School Board said Tuesday that Nick Sang, who was shot by police, may have passed the virus to the children and driver Alicia Chapman when they were splattered with his blood.
Hepatitis-B is a potentially deadly virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted through an exchange of blood or other bodily fluids. Officials are worried small cuts from flying glass on some of the children may have put them at risk.
Anita Boch, southern region administrator for the state Health and Rehabilitative Services, said the tests were precautionary.
Sang boarded the bus with 13 disabled children Nov. 2 and threatened to blow it up if he was not taken to an Internal Revenue Service office. He later told Chapman to take him to the Miami Beach restaurant where he worked as a waiter. That’s where he was fatally shot by police.
Chapman, who was praised for her cool head during the 75-minute ordeal, said she was tested for the virus Monday.
``Yesterday I was really upset with myself I wanted to drive away and disappear,″ Chapman said. ``I found it out Sunday from all the parents of the kids that were on the bus. I got really concerned about that because nobody told me that before.″
It was unclear how many of the children had been tested so far. Two of the children had been let off the bus before Sang was shot.
Chapman said she was anxiously awaiting her test results, which she should get next week.
``I’m really concerned,″ she said.