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.”
Emails show six students complained to the principal five days before the crash– two of them submitted those written letters. pic.twitter.com/IB1vVRkXvp
— Hannah Lawrence (@hannah_NC9) November 28, 2016
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