Students Complained About Bus Driver in Heartbreaking Letters Written Days Before the Crash

Last week, a school bus driver carrying kindergarten through fifth graders in Chattanooga, Tennesee deviated from his route, traveled at a high rate of speed, then crashed, wrapping the bus around a tree. Six children were killed and five more are still in the hospital, three in critical condition. Children who survived the crash told investigators that the driver, Johnthony Walker, asked them if they were ready to die before he sped up.

The entire situation is simply heartbreaking but is made even worse with new information which shows that the bus crash which took the lives of six children could have been avoided had school officials reacted differently to the letters written by students days before the crash expressing fear and concern over Walker’s tendency to display reckless and vile behavior.

Hannah Lawrence, a reporter with Channel Nine, tweeted a damning email which confirms that six students complained about Walker days before the fatal crash. In the email, dated November 16, the principal, Brenda Adamson-Cochran, states “Six students reported that the bus driver of the red bus (366) was swerving and purposely trying to cause them to fall today. This was on the morning ride of Wednesday, November 16th.”

Lawrence also tweeted a portion of two of the actual letters written by two students.



Five days later, Walker crashed the bus after driving recklessly killing six and sending five more to the hospital. Those children not hospitalized with physical injuries no doubt suffer from psychological injuries due to the trauma of the bus crash. Walker is facing six counts of vehicular homicide, as well as charges of reckless endangerment, and reckless driving

If only school officials had reacted in a different manner to these concerns expressed about Walker, who also had an accident two months prior, then these young lives would not have been taken away from their families so soon.

h/t The Right Scoop


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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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