Thursday, March 29, 2001

Boy, 7, dragged by school bus; mother wants action by officials




By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LOVELAND — Loveland City Schools officials are still looking into a Friday incident in which a school bus dragged a first-grader about 300 feet.

        The 7-year-old Loveland Primary student, Charles “Chaz” Schebor, suffered minor injuries and returned to school - on the bus - Monday.

        “We're still investigating the whole thing,” said school Business Manager John Ames.

        He would not give any details about the bus driver, Tammy Sue Fox, or the Friday afternoon incident. Superintendent Mike Cline was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

        A Loveland police report shows that Chaz got off the school bus about 3:30 p.m. Friday on Broadway Street in front of his house, but his foot got caught in the bus door.

        Ms. Fox started to drive down the street and the boy hopped alongside it, trying to remain upright, the report said. He fell, but was able to get back up and continued hopping. Ms. Fox finally saw him after driving more than a block.

        The 4-foot-tall, 60-pound Chaz - who is just barely taller than the bus tire - had minor scrapes on his hand and marks on his clothes, the police report says.

        While school officials said little about incident, the boy's mother, Connie Schebor, had plenty to say.

        “This child kept himself alive,” she said. “But for the grace of God, he would have been killed.”

        Mrs. Schebor said she is perturbed at the way the school district handled the situation. She said Ms. Fox just dropped her son off at his house. Mrs. Schebor said she didn't learn what had happened until a half-hour later when she found Chaz in his room, hysterical.

        Not only should school officials have told her directly what had happened, Mrs. Schebor said, but a letter detailing the incident should have been sent to parents.

        “I don't know how a person can drive a bus and not see a child stuck in the door,” Mrs. Schebor said.

       



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