Bossier parents say school stretched truth in bus accident

Bossier parents say school stretched truth in bus accident
Published: Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM CST
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A school bus carrying more than three dozen children hit another vehicle and ended up crashing into a ditch, on Monday afternoon, in Bossier Parish. It happened along Princeton Road, just north of Hwy. 80.

Now, parents are outraged about the way they were notified. A few say the school stretched the truth about what really happened. After the accident the following message was sent out to parents who had children on bus 248. "Students who ride bus number 163 and bus number 248 will be late getting home this afternoon due to a delay." The word "delay" is where some parents are questioning the school.

Louisiana State Police tell KSLA News 12 the driver was unable to avoid hitting a truck stopped in the road. After clipping the other vehicle the bus crashed into the ditch. Parents say what they saw when they got to the scene was much more than a delay.

"What was the reasoning behind sending a message like that? I think people should have been properly contacted," said Ken Takada.

Bossier school officials say parents were properly contacted and that the Haughton Middle School assistant principal went out to the scene and called each parent to let them know there had been an accident. In the meantime, only knowing there were no injuries after the accident, the school's principal sent the message. KSLA is told the word "delay" was used to avoid mass panic.

"There was no need to cause undue chaos, and also that doesn't help the deputies, the state police who were trying to also work that accident, and piece together what happened, and maintain order at the scene," said Sonja Bailes with Bossier Schools.

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