Authorities say three teens stole the bus from a parking lot while bus driver Regina Hunter and her family were at a funeral. The family says when they arrived back home, they discovered the bus had been stolen.
"We couldn't believe it. We just came home from a funeral, she came home to go to work and the school bus is gone. We drove around looking for it, we couldn't find it," Regina's daughter Malika Hunter said.
Police say the teens apparently hotwired the bus, owned by A1, a privately owned bus charter company.
Shortly thereafter, police tracked down the bus less than a mile away, but the teens were nowhere to be found.
"I'm shocked. I'm stunned. I never thought nobody would steal the school bus," Malika said.
"Those kids need a whupping. They need some discipline," daughter Tynia Hunter said.
Witnesses said the teens couldn't make the turn at an intersection so they fled from the bus.
Other than the ignition system, the bus was not damaged and no one was injured. The search for the teens continues.