10-year-old boy dies after tripping, falling under school bus

Police continue to investigate. (Source: Viewer submitted)
Police continue to investigate. (Source: Viewer submitted)
A child died after being hit by a school bus. (Source: Andy Perkins)
A child died after being hit by a school bus. (Source: Andy Perkins)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - A 10-year-old boy died on Friday morning, April 27 after being run over by a school bus in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

According to Sgt. Clark Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a person in a pickup behind the bus called 911 around 7:09 a.m.

Troopers said the fourth grader tripped and fell in front of the bus driven by a 39-year-old man headed southbound on Crestwood Drive.

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Parrott said the boy missed the bus and was running to catch up when he tripped and ended up under the wheels. He said there were other students on the bus at the time.

The boy was taken to an area hospital where he died just before 7:44 a.m.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the boy was new to the district and he reportedly didn't have the bus schedule.

The victim's family is hosting a candlelight vigil on Friday on Crestwood Drive at 6:30 p.m.

The Poplar Bluff School District released a statement on Friday. They said there will be a crisis center was at the Middle School Media Center for students, parents and staff. Grief counselors will also be available.

"The Poplar Bluff School District was saddened to learn that one of our Middle School students was involved in a fatal accident this morning.

We talked to students and their parents that ride the same bus.

One mom, Nicole Hall, was still shaken by how close to home this incident was.

"Spend those extra minutes that you're on Facebook or you're busy doing something else...and spend that extra time with them...love them, talk to them, know them because there's a parent that's out there that's not going to have that chance anymore," she said. "...and that's sad...and as any parent to even think about what this is like, is just heartbreaking."

Many adolescents ask why a death occurred, and Lagrand says parents and teachers should resist jumping to the life lesson and instead start by asking how they found out and how it felt to them.

Mental Health Counselor Debby Lagrand suggests parents read 'Sad isn't Bad' to their kids as a way to help them deal with a loss of a peer.

"You don't want to shoot right into the life lesson. Why? Because in grief you are not in that part of your brain," Lagrand said. "Ask what has this been like for them, or if they knew that person how they knew that person. Allow them to talk about that and let them separate their thoughts, their feelings and their behaviors. Just being able to separate that alone can help them process."

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