Douglass students return to school after bus accident

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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DOUGLASS, Kan.-- Douglass Schools Superintendent said a majority of the ten students attended school today.

USD 396 counselors and administrators met with each of the students who were involved in the bus accident.

"Honestly, so far the kids have responded well. They're pretty resilient, pretty brave, bunch of kids," said Superintendent Rob Reynolds. "we're very proud of them."

One of the ten students on the bus talked to KAKE News this afternoon.

"I was going to ride the bus but my mom made go in the car," said Josh Barker, who attended school on Friday.

Barker along with nine other classmates were involved in the bus accident at a low-water crossing, northeast of Douglass. The bus was swept off the road and came to rest on its side.

"I was trying to get all the kids to calm down and my friend Cory, he went and opened the window and had his head out the window. I calmed him down and we both got all the little kids and told them what to do," said Barker, who helped get the younger students on top of the bus.

His sister and parents were very proud of the 12-year-old.

"Our mom's always told us to kind of stay calm in situations. You can't be panicking," said Jasmine Barker. "I'm very proud and I hope if anything ever happens like that again, which I hope it doesn't, that he'll do the same thing."

Superintendent Reynolds said counselors will come back to school on Monday to assist students.

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