Frightened parents rush to school after fatal bus crash

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Monday morning’s deadly school bus crash quickly prompted a frantic rush to Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School.

Many parents who had heard about the crash said they acted on the instinct when they hurried to the school to snatch up their own children.

“I was crying, ’cause I thought something happened to my son,” said Fredrick Martin. “But he’s okay.”

Beverly Watkins stood outside the school, nervously waiting to see her grandchildren.  They had been on the very bus that was involved in the crash.  She was waiting for the replacement bus to arrive at the school so she could take them home.  However, not all of them were going straight home.

“I know my grandson was one of those that had to do to the hospital, but they say he’s okay,” said Watkins.

Some parents who had just dropped their children off at the school turned around to go pick them up again.

Carmen Tello was having a hard time getting information from the school.  She decided to pull her son out of school for the day.

“I was like ‘Oh my God’, that is my only son so I cannot take any chances and that’s why I decided to come in,” said Tello.

By mid-morning, school officials decided to dismiss early.

The school day ended at 12:30 p.m. with somber children getting back on their busses and parents giving what comfort they could.

Part of a statement from Lighthouse Charter School said:

“As the safety of our students is the primary concern at Lighthouse, this tragedy has hit our school hard.  We share the pain felt by so many and grieve with the families of the students and bus driver involved.”

Classes will resume their normal schedule Tuesday morning with classes beginning at 8 a.m.

The school will have grief counselors on hand for any students or staff members who need them.”

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