Cahokia mother upset after district fails to notify her of school bus accident

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM

(KMOV.com) – One Cahokia mother is very upset with the district after discovering her children had been injured in a school bus accident and she was never notified.

Joey Hyster's kids, she said, weren't comfortable telling police and emergency personnel that they were injured. That's why she said she should have been notified so she could have insisted they get checked out.

Her son has a big bump on his back. Her daughter got a knot on her head.

All three middle-schoolers were hurt when their school bus was rear-ended on Camp Jackson around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

The kids told police they were okay so they weren't taken to the hospital from the scene. They then rode the same bus the rest of the way home.

But Hyster told News 4 she could not believe she had to be the one to call the district herself to find out why her kids were late arriving home.

“They need to make some changes, they need to at least notify the parents immediately that your child was in an accident,” she said.

News 4 spoke with the superintendent of the district who said they did start notifying parents approximately an hour to an hour and a half after the accident.

He said they can't notify parents while the accident scene is still being worked and they are gathering more information.

He said he doesn't think the district did anything wrong.

 

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