School District Having Deja Vu

by Emily Baird on September 20, 2010 at 6:30 am

The Tri-Valley School District superintendent says he felt as though he was reliving a dream.

When he arrived at the scene of Monday morning’s bus crash, the first thing he saw was Medflight arriving. Mark Neal says he was preparing himself for the worst, but he found all 11 occupants on the bus safely off to the side of the road. Neal says the bus driver, Lura Denise Morrison, who has been with the district since 1986, was tending to the kids.

"As anyone would be, she was pretty shaken up by what occurred this morning. I think the realization of what could have occurred, but she handled herself perfectly. I don’t know if anyone could have done anything differently to make those kids any safer than what denise did. So, we’re really proud of the way she handled herself, " says Neal.

Neal says parents shouldn’t stop letting their kids use the bus to go to school. He says they do need to understand that accidents do happen.

"I know exactly how parents feel when they turn over the care and custody of your children to someone else. It’s a scary thing," says Neal.

Neal says kids’ safety is not something the district takes lightly. Bus drivers are drug tested regularly and go through extensive training before being allowed to get behind the wheel.