Mother wants school bus accident investigated

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The mother of one of the Jennings Secondary School students who was involved in a school bus accident at Creek Side last Thursday is calling on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter.
Petrona Bontiff said the bus driver, who students claim was speeding at the time of the incident, is back on the job, to the dismay of the children who are still traumatised from last week’s incident.
She is calling on the police, officials at the Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board and those at the school to investigate the matter and transfer the driver if necessary.
“Give us, the parents, some form of reassurance and let our children be at peace. Our children are scared to go to school, they do not want to board the bus. My son told me today children who would usually sit in the front were rushing to the back,” Bontiff said.
 Last week the distraught mother questioned the school’s handling of the matter. She said after the accident students were transported from the accident scene to the school and their parents were called to pick them up.
Bontiff explained that it would have been better for the school to arrange for the students to be taken to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at least for observation.
According to a release issued by the ministry of education last week, the 32-seater bus was heading to the school, when a van stopped abruptly, causing the shuttle to slam into its back.
The ministry said a female student who was seated in the front seat of the school bus suffered minor injuries to her foot and was transported to the hospital for treatment, while the other students suffered minor injuries.
At the time of the incident, Bontiff said her son had torn a ligament in one of his legs, the young man is still limping as a result of the injury.
Clare Browne, director of education said the ministry will be contacting the respective departments to investigate the claims.

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