LYLES, Tenn. – A group of parents in Hickman County are calling for the school district to fire the driver behind the wheel of a school bus when a fifth grader got her backpack stuck in the door and was dragged several yards.
The incident happened last week, off Highway 100 in Hickman County.
Jennifer Sanders was waiting for her children to get off the bus and witnessed the ordeal.
"It was like a horror movie, but it real life," she told News 2. "My kids aren't ever getting back on that bus [or] any bus if I can help it."
Eleven-year-old Torrie Byrum will head to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on Monday to continue the road to recovery.
Byrum has scrapes and bruises, stitches in her knee and a fractured pelvis after being dragged 30 yards down the road by her school bus.
"I still have nightmares and it's hard to sleep, because it's like, it'll replay in my head," Sanders continued.
She told News 2 she initially thought it was some kind of joke.
"From where I was, it looked like somebody was holding her out of the door, and then I noticed that it wasn't a joke, that she was closed in the door," Sanders said. "It was just her backpack keeping her in the door. Thank God for that backpack."
Angela Wright is Sanders daughter. She gets off at the bus stop after Torrie and saw what happened.
"Her backpack was caught in the double doors and the only thing holding her up was a book in her backpack," she said.
Derick Halbrooks was also on the bus last Wednesday and said the kids on the bus were screaming at the bus driver to stop.
"They opened the doors, and there was Torrie," he said. "She had blood all over her legs and all over her arms. She kept saying my back, my back, I can't feel my leg."
Wright added, "It might've just happened to Torrie, but what other kids could it happen to?"
The bus driver is suspended while the Hickman County school system investigates the incident.
For Sanders, that's not good enough.
She said, "It upsets me, because he should be fired."
The bus driver told News 2 he is unable to comment until the investigation is complete.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:07 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:07:37 GMT
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