A boy, 6, was fatally hit by a school bus in Missouri after his last day of classes before the Christmas break (Picture: Fox)
A six-year-old boy in the first grade was hit by a school bus and killed after the last day of classes before the Christmas break.
The boy had been off school and crossed in front of the bus in the Oakland Mobile Home Park neighborhood of Missouri when he was struck around 3.30pm on Tuesday, police said. The bus had other children aboard.
The bus was towed away from the scene on Tuesday night.
As of Wednesday morning, the identity of the boy, from Plattin about 30 miles south of St Louis, had not been revealed. His immediate family has been notified.
The school bus was towed away from the scene on Tuesday night (Picture: Twitter @ZaraBarkerTV)
The unidentified driver and witnesses were questioned, Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Scott Roettger told the St. Louis Dispatch.
On Tuesday before going on break for the holiday, the 240 students at Plattin Primary School sang Christmas carols and had parties in their classes, Superintendent Clint Johnston said.
‘This morning we were singing Christmas carols together,’ an emotional Johnston said.
‘This is a bad day; it’s a bad day for our school, it’s a bad day for our community. We’re hurting.’
Johnston encouraged parents to speak to their children about the boy’s death.
‘I think that it’s important that you start by letting them know you care about them, and you let them know it’s okay to hurt. We have to work together as a community to get through this situation,’ he said in a news conference on Tuesday night.
‘It’s going to be a tough Christmas season for a lot of people, and we’ll get through it. We’ll rise. We’ll pull together, but this is not the way anyone wants to ever have to experience a holiday break.’
The school is offering counseling to students and school staff beginning on Wednesday morning although the campus is closed for Christmas break.
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