A FIRST-GRADER was killed by his school bus seconds after getting off as he went home for the Christmas break.
The unnamed boy, six, crossed in front of the vehicle near the Oakland Mobile Home Park neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon in Missouri.
The bus had other students on board when it pulled away, hitting the first-grader, according to police.
The boy's name hasn't been released by the police.
Trooper Scott Roettger of the Missouri Highway Patrol said that the bus driver and all witnesses were quizzed. The bus was towed away from the scene, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
The boy was a student at Plattin Primary School and the kids held Christmas parties in their classrooms as it was the last day of term before the holidays.
Superintendent Clint Johnston said: "This morning we were singing Christmas carols together.
"This is a bad day; it’s a bad day for our school, it’s a bad day for our community. We’re hurting.”
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Johnston revealed that counseling is available for students and staff even though the school is closed for the Christmas break.
The superintendent also asked that parents talk to their children about what happened.
He added: “I think that it’s important that you start by letting them know you care about them, and you let them know it’s okay to hurt.
“We have to work together as a community to get through this situation.
“It’s going to be a tough Christmas season for a lot of people, and we’ll get through it.
"We’ll rise. We’ll pull together, but this is not the way anyone wants to ever have to experience a holiday break.”
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