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Parents' faith in school buses not shaken after crash

LEWIS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) - Despite Tuesday's school bus crash in Lewis County, many parents say getting back on the bus is the first step in putting the crash behind them.

It looked like a typical end to the school day at Highland Elementary as children hurried to get on the bus to head home. While there may have been a few more parents who came to Highland Elementary to pick up their children after school Wednesday, but it won't be that way for long.  Several parents say despite the wreck, their faith in bus drivers is not shaken.

For parents like Rachel Goehl, whose children were on that overturned bus, she wanted to pick up her two children. 

"My daughter is a little apprehensive to get on the bus today, so I told her I'd pick her up today.  We're going to get right back on the bus tomorrow.  We know that it's a safe place to be and we know that accidents happen," Goehl said.
Goehl isn't alone in feeling that way.  LaCrisha Wagy also has two daughters at Highland Elementary. While they weren't involved in the crash, Wagy said there's no hesitation to have her daughters ride the bus.
"I trust all these bus drivers.  I trust all the teachers.  There's no doubt.  I mean it was an accident and accidents happen everyday.  They could've gotten in a wreck with me just as likely as what they could've with a bus driver," Wagy said. 

Goehl said the best way for both students and parents to deal with the crash was to not make Wednesday different from any other. 

"I think it was good for everyone just coming to school today.  I thought that was important and making it a regular day and so tomorrow we're going to get on the bus again," Goehl said.  

While there's some discussion on what can be done to prevent this from happening again, Goehl suggests putting another adult on the bus could make a big difference.

"Just having another person besides the driver that can help children on the bus, so that maybe the driver could be left distraction free because everyone has a distraction with driving," she said.

Superintendent Jacqueline Ebeling said grief counselors will be on hand to help students and staff as long as they're needed.

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