Teen Bus Accident

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  1. JustMe

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    I was in shock when I got the breaking news text this morning (I live in NJ). I feel so sorry for the family. They were all told to stay away from the emergency hatch multiple times according to the report I read. And why were 65 teenagers on a bus with almost no adults? It's such a shame and it's tragic, but it didn't need to happen. :(
     
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    Oh my gosh!! What a horrible accident!
     
  5. Ms. I

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    Now that's what you call a freak accident! So now, who's to blame for this? The driver shouldn't be nor the security guard, but of course this kid's family will say it's the fault of the adults since they were the adults on there.

    And on top of it all, the kids were on their way to the event, so this kid who died didn't even have his last bit of fun at the event first. That's too bad! :(
     
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    How tragic :(
     
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    Why can't kids follow directions? :(
     
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    That's awful. How horrifying for those other kids!
     
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    The teen is to "blame". But I hate to even type that. He was told to stay away. He didn't listen. But that doesn't make it any less horrific. And he didn't "have it coming" or anything of that nature. Just breaks my heart.

    • The security guard went down to speak to the driver about the temperature, which seems reasonable. Perhaps walkies or cells are in order, though.
    • You can't lock the hatch...it's there for an emergency.
    • I suppose you could point your finger at the parents (for allowing these teens to party on their way to a party), but there was a security guard so I imagine they thought it was a safe idea.
    • If alcohol was in fact involved, that's another issue...
     
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    I don't think I would let my kid go on such a bus ride unless there was more parental supervision. There's only so much one "security" guard can do.
     
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    (Before you posted this, I had edited my post.)

    Oh I definitely think it's the kid's fault too because he's definitely old enough to have the common sense to not do that without ANYONE having to tell the group not to stick their head out of a high profile moving vehicle, but of course, his family's going to think differently I'm sure.
     
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    I have to admit, I didn't "realize"you'd be so close to an overpass popping your head out of those hatches. Granted, I've never been on that type of bus...but I just didn't realize. :(
     
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    What an incredible tragedy.
     
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    Would it have been less tragic if he had been to the event first? I don't think so...it's a terrible tragedy. Beautiful boy who made a very bad choice. Horrific tragedy, Period.
     
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    This one is going to give every parent who reads it nightmares.
     
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    Of course it's tragic either way, but if this was the way he had to go, too bad he wasn't coming back from the event is what I'm saying.
     
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    As a mom, I just can't wrap my head around that thinking.
     
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    I have to admit, you've lost me too. If I were his mom, or the mom of anyone in that bus, I'm pretty sure the loss of the tickets would be of absolutely no consequence.

    My heart goes out to all involved.
     
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    You guys would have "loved" this other discussion board that posted this thread where some posters called teens dumb in reponse to this tragic event.
     
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    No, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have. I'm on the verge of nausea just reading this one.
     
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    This thread is quite enough. I would hope that professional educators wouldn't be so dismissive of a child's death.:D
     
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    I think what Ms. I means is that sometimes people are able to take some tiny bit of comfort knowing a loved one died doing what he loved or after having experienced one of the best nights of his life. As a huge lover of Steve Irwin, I remember thinking, "Well, he died living out his passion". It didn't make it any less tragic, but it was a tiny bit comforting. Had this teen been coming home from the party of his life, I think perhaps friends could have remembered him that way...he went out on a high. It doesn't make it less shocking and heartbreaking. Is that what you mean, Ms. I?

    Whatever the case, I still just can't shake this one. Too, too sad.
     
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    Yeah, this is a thread I wish I hadn't opened. It's going to keep me awake tonight.
     
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    Sorry...
     
  25. Ms. I

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    Yes
     
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    That's what I thought she was saying, too. That he would have had that one last hurrah with his friends. A few years ago we lost a student after Homecoming and a lot of his friends had that last event as a happy memory of him.

    Regardless, it's horribly sad and I feel awful for his family and friends, especially those that witnessed it. It makes me want to put my son in a bubble and never let him out.
     
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    this boy was from my hometown, Sayreville, NJ... horrible and tragic.
     
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    Prayers to your community.:(
     
  29. Aliceacc

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    No, it's my own fault. Your title should have been fair enough warning.

    To be honest, I always check in case, somehow, it's one of my kids or Peter's.
     
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    :( How sad. Was it because it was so hot in there?
     
  31. Aliceacc

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    Sure enough, it kept me up.
     
  32. czacza

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    :love:
     
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    :hugs: Alice.

    I just opened it, and after posting on the after party about my day yesterday, I feel a bit queasy myself. And my son is an adult.

    A horrible, horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to every one on that bus and their families.
     

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