Ex-bus driver prompts lockdown at Spring Hill school - WKRN News 2

Ex-bus driver prompts lockdown at Williamson County school

Posted: Updated: Apr 26, 2014 12:23 AM
Melvin Martin, 59, was arrested Thursday for violating an order of protection. Melvin Martin, 59, was arrested Thursday for violating an order of protection.
Chapman's Retreat Elementary School in Spring Hill was on lockdown for a brief time Thursday after Martin was spotted outside the school. Chapman's Retreat Elementary School in Spring Hill was on lockdown for a brief time Thursday after Martin was spotted outside the school.
SPRING HILL, Tenn. -

A former Williamson County bus driver prompted a brief lockdown at a Spring Hill school early Thursday morning.

According to investigators, Melvin Troy Martin, 59, was spotted in the area of Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School and the building was placed on lockdown for about 10 minutes.

It happened one day after several parents reported seeing Martin acting suspiciously and driving a dark-colored Camaro through nearby neighborhoods approaching kids who used to ride his school bus.

According to the police report, Martin stopped a female student to talk while not wearing a shirt. She also reported seeing three pistols, a condom and a bra and panties in the car at the time. He also had a puppy in the vehicle.

"An older gentleman has no business driving around neighborhoods talking to kids that were on his bus route that are underage," stated the father of the girl who was reportedly approached by Martin.

According to a spokesperson for Williamson County Schools, Martin was employed as a bus driver from April of 2002 until he retired in December of 2013.

Prior to his retirement, Martin was suspended on November 5, 2013 due to allegations of conduct unbecoming of an employee and suspicion of use of drugs or alcohol while on duty.

However, the investigation later revealed no evidence of drug or alcohol use while on the job. The former bus driver was accused of misusing the bus radio system.

Martin had a written warning to stay away from Williamson County schools and school events.

Martin was arrested by Spring Hill police on Thursday and charged with violating an order of protection due to a previous domestic issue, unrelated to this week’s incidents.

Police said he is charged because he was in possession of firearms.

Martin was booked into the Williamson County jail on $150,000 bond.

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