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May 07, 2012  |   Comments (6)   |   Post a comment

Teen seriously injured after jumping from bus, later dies


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A high school student was hospitalized last week in life-threatening condition after he apparently jumped from the back of his moving school bus, The Florida Times-Union reports.

A preliminary investigation found that the student walked to the back of the bus, opened the rear emergency door and jumped out shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The bus was headed for alternative schools in Jacksonville that are attended by students who have primarily been suspended from their neighborhood schools.

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UPDATE: On Monday, police identified the student as 16-year-old Jessie Herr, The Florida Times-Union Reports. The accident report indicates that after jumping out of the bus' rear emergency exit door, Herr tumbled onto the roadway and struck the back of his head. He was unresponsive and bleeding heavily before being flown to a hospital.

Herr was brain dead following the accident, and was pronounced dead on Monday morning after being taken off of life support. Anne-Marie Herr, the teen's mother, told the newspaper that she's unsure why her son jumped from the bus, although she said he had told her about previously being picked on while on the bus.

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How sad that a young man with promise lost his life this way. I can't imagine how the family feels. Our drivers are being faced with so many behavior issues that challenge the safety of the ride. It seems that students see the bus ride as a free-for-all zone to act anyway they want. And the driver has to handle it. We need to find a way to stop shifting blame from parent and school to teaching our children how to behave respectfully to each other and making that the expectation. Will this incident make a difference -- meaning that the students see what happens when harassment, bullying occurs, will they develop compassion, empathy and take the leadership to stop it in the future?

KZ    |    May 10, 2012 06:33 AM

My heart goes out to the family, friends, people who witnessed this and the poor driver who will never be the same. Yes, the young man was troubled and as a parent of a daughter who did not succeed at suicide (thankfully) I can only imagine how the parents feel. Hopefully, they can get past the guilt stage and move forward. Do we really need another "safety device" on the busses? They are, hands down, the safest form of transportation. This tragedy had nothing to do with the bus or driver, but was the result of a desperately troubled young man.

KW    |    May 09, 2012 11:24 AM

This is so sad. You can't blame the bus driver. They are only one person and you can't drive and watch every little thing that goes on. The public thinks you can but you can't. The young man sounds like he may have had problems since he was enrolled in an alternative school. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends

Debbie    |    May 09, 2012 05:44 AM

Sounds like he was being bullied. It's sad people have to be that way.

Sue    |    May 09, 2012 04:57 AM

This is a real tragedy,I can't imagine what the parents are going thrugh. Looks like it's time to put another safety device on the emergency door that will prevent the door from opening while the bus is in motion.

LRI    |    May 08, 2012 07:17 PM

oh now they'll blame the driver...

BL    |    May 08, 2012 05:59 PM

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