South Carolina boy falls out emergency exit of school bus

Posted at 10:12 AM, May 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-02 10:12:21-04

A South Carolina mother is upset after her second grade son fell out the emergency door of a moving school bus.

Video surveillance captured Jacquez White riding home on April 7 when he falls out the emergency door.

"My child was playing and didn't know his life was in danger and next thing you know he was gone out the door," said Jacqueline White, the boy's mother.

What's even scarier is that a truck can be seen passing by moments after the fall.

The bus stops, and the 8-year-old gets back on the bus. The driver walks back to check on the child, who only had minor injuries.

"When I went back on the bus I was crying a little bit because I had a scratch right here but I was really scared when I fall out, I really didn't know what happened," the boy said.

In a statement, Greenwood District 52 officials said the students were accidentally hitting the door mechanism causing the arm to dislodge from the secure position. They also say the district took appropriate personnel action against the bus driver, but didn't say what specifically.

"It should have been secure. It really should have. It should never had happened. Regardless of if my son was playing, doing flips, doing cartwheels or whatever, the door shouldn't just come open like that," Jacqueline White said.

Jacquez's mom is now taking her son and picking him up from school. He says he doesn't want to get back on the bus.