Child Struck and Killed by School Bus in Front of South Elementary

August 31, 2004 - posted at 4:13 p.m. CDT, updated at 10:30 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR - A parent's nightmare is realized after an accident in front of a Region 8 school ends in the death of a little boy.

Jonesboro police tell K8 News that a little boy at South Elementary School, who is believed to be in the second grade,  was killed around three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, after riding his bike out in front of a school bus. The accident occurred in front of South School on Rosemond Street, three blocks west of Nettleton. Jonesboro school officials have chosen not to release the name of the victim until extended family members are contacted.

Concerned parents and guardians at South Elementary rushed to pick up their kids at the end of the school day from a back entrance, and walked away upset.

"I'm at the age that my friends were when they were killed at Westside," said witness Meghan Taylor. "So that was a little scary to see the ambulances here, when I started walking up and they said a little boy had been hit."

"Instead of going in front of the school like we normally do to go home, we had to turn left and you could see there was something going on," said concerned parent Martha Lewis.

Authorities say Jonesboro school bus #10 was coming from the 6th Grade Academic Center to pick up the next load of students at South Elementary, and as the bus pulled into the school's loading/unloading zone, the victim pulled in front of the bus and was killed. The bus was driven by Richard Alsup of Jonesboro.

Students on that bus were immediately placed under lock down inside the school for about 30 minutes until parents came to pick them up.

School is still scheduled on Wednesday at South Elementary School, and counselors will be on hand.