Teen seriously injured after jumping from bus, later dies

Posted on May 7, 2012

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.

Comments ( 6 )
  • KZ

     | about 5 years ago

    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?

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