Last week we discussed what can be done by drivers and students to prevent dragging incidents. Here is an recent incident that involved an elementary aged student.
In Forsyth County, NC, a 6-year-old girl was dragged by a school bus for nearly 1 mile. The girl’s parents told the local news source that her grandmother was waiting for her to deboard the bus when the door closed on the girl’s arm. The bus driver was supposed to wait for the girl to cross in front of the bus to the other side of the road. However, the driver did not wait for her to move.
Her grandmother stated that the girl held onto the bus with her arm stuck in the door, with her legs and feet dragging, for nearly a mile. The grandmother followed the bus to the next stop, saw the doors open, and the girl fall to the ground. She suffered bruises and scratches from the incident.
The local county school told Fox 8 news that the driver was a substitute and has been suspended without pay and has been recommended for dismissal.
All school bus drivers, including substitutes, should be trained in how to prevent this from happening.