Majority of students involved in bus crash return to school, parents speaking out


by WHAS11

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 11:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The majority of Frost Middle School students involved in Friday’s bus crash  did return to school Monday.

Early Monday morning school officials held a brief meeting with parents discussing counseling options for their children.
Nearly a dozen counselors from around the district came to Frost Middle School to help the students transition back into the classroom after 48 students were sent to various hospitals on Friday, when a car slid through a stop sign causing the bus to flip on its side.
“We will be there for how ever long these kids need. The injuries will heal, but probably the emotional part will take a little longer for some of these kids, “said Brian Shumate with JCPS.
Other parents, like Lafone Wales, decided not to take their kids back just yet. Jachare Wales, 12, says he is having nightmares about the traumatic event.

“I didn’t want to go to school, because I’m too afraid to ride the bus now,” said Jachare Wales.
Jachare injured his spine and is now in a body brace for the next four to six weeks. His dad says he will need to see a specialist and need the help of a physical therapist to fully recover.

Lafone Wales says he started the process of getting his son a hardship transfer.  “He doesn’t want to go there,” said Wales.
Jacqueline Wales, Jachare's grandmother added,”He don’t want to go back there, and I feel I don’t want him to go back there because it’s a 45 minute drive.”
School officials said more than a dozen of the injured students were back on school buses Monday.

JCPS said they are conducting a thorough review of the accident. They don't plan to make any short term changes in busing, but a spokesman said they will look at what works and what needs improvement.

An LMPD spokesman said an accident report should be available this week but that charges against the three Butler High students are unlikely. The spokesman said it is difficult to know if speed was a factor in the crash without law enforcement witnessing the accident.