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Haven Lee NortonSPRINGTOWN, TX – What an absolute nightmare. On Monday morning, the mother of 10-year-old Haven Lee Norton watched in horror as her son was struck and killed by his school bus in front of his home.

The accident happened after the bus stopped to pick up another child across the street from the boy’s home. Norton, a fourth-grader at Springtown Elementary School who had only been riding the bus for two weeks, tripped and fell in front of the bus.

“The woman bus driver stopped the bus and activated the lights,” said Department of Public Safety trooper Gary Rozzell. “The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights. The bus started to pull forward and the boy couldn’t get out of the way, and was struck by the left front of the vehicle.”

Authorities say Norton tripped and fell in front of the bus, and wasn’t able to get up before being run over by the front and rear tires of the bus. The only witness to the accident was Norton’s mother, who had been keeping an eye on her son to make sure he got on the bus safely.

“I saw him slip,” his mother said. “He hollered, but [the bus] started rolling and [the driver] had taken her foot off the brake. He tried to get out of the way. He hollered, and I hollered. Then he went silent.”

The name of the bus driver has not been released, but she’s been with the district for two years and voluntarily submitted to drug and alcohol testing following the accident, which is school district policy. She never saw Norton and normally kept her window down, but on that morning the window was up and possibly prevented her from hearing Norton’s yelling.

Counselors and ministers were at the school Monday and will return Tuesday.

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  • newstarshipsmell

    The only witness to the accident was Norton’s mother, who had been keeping an eye on her son to make sure he got on the bus safely.

    That’s rough.

  • Texas Ranger

    Amen brother, amen. My only reaction was “Sweet Jesus!!!!”

  • Valerie

    Oh my, how horrible for everyone involved. I feel for this poor mother, I could not imagine how she is feeling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgia.meyer1 Georgia Meyer

    Tragic.

  • Tavin Dennis

    “The boy came up beside the bus as she deactivated the lights. The bus started to pull forward and the boy couldn’t get out of the way…”

    Jeeze way to throw the poor kid under the bus

    ;)

  • Snickering x Hydra

    It’s pretty horrible. Usually we get the negligent parents who fail to watch their children but, in this case, even watching the child wasn’t enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorraine.nation.3 Lorraine Nation

    I put my son on the bus, literally. How could the whole length of the bus go over him? wasn’t the mother close enough to the bus to grab him?

  • Evan Oswald

    just when i thought my day sucked. thanks morbid.

    .

    1) Still unclear to as how he got “in front of the bus” when he was “beside the bus”. Trip – huh?
    2) I have in the past run over various size sticks, curbs and small animals in my experiences of driving. I’ve wondered how a kid would feel on the ole’ shocks – but my conclusions have always been that I’d NOTICE I RAN SOMETHING OVER. How does this driver hit him with both sets of wheels?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorraine.nation.3 Lorraine Nation

    I am inches from my son when he gets on the bus. How far away was she that she couldn’t grab him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/yardchild Leslie Franklin Evans

    On the days I wasn’t at work, I’d watch my children board their bus from my front porch. Some parents are never able to see their kids off. Are you seriously making this the mother’s fault? This was a tragic accident. Now my youngest walks to school. She got bitten by a dog a couple of weeks ago on her walk home. Is that my fault because I wasn’t there to intercede? Insensitivity is unnecessary. I’m sure both the driver and mother feel terribly guilty. Jerk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yardchild Leslie Franklin Evans

    On the days I wasn’t at work, I’d watch my children board their bus from my front porch. Some parents are never able to see their kids off. Are you seriously making this the mother’s fault? This was a tragic accident. Now my youngest walks to school. She got bitten by a dog a couple of weeks ago on her walk home. Is that my fault because I wasn’t there to intercede? Insensitivity is unnecessary. I’m sure both the driver and mother feel terribly guilty. Jerk.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    I can not imagine the pain that the mother is in right now. RIP beautiful

  • Athena

    What a nightmare, indeed.

    You know, when I was a kid, I rode the bus every year past 1st grade, and they hammered into our heads that, if the bus is turned on, you make eye contact with the driver before approaching it. Should be a routine part of all bus safety drills.

  • Athena

    Do you drive a school bus? Hell, have you ever ridden one? Those things bounce all over the place from the second they get rolling. I’m not at all surprised the driver didn’t feel it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/muffin.epic Shawna Muldoon

    Sounds like one of those horrific videos you watch in elementary school about bus safety. :(

  • Buffettgirl

    That poor Mommy… it’s like she got punished for being one of the few conscientious parents we get to read/hear about these days… I also feel badly for the bus driver…

  • http://www.facebook.com/cie.cheesemeister Cie Cheesemeister

    It sounds like purely a horrible accident. That bus driver’s life is ruined, and the mother’s life is ruined. Sometimes the world just purely sucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cie.cheesemeister Cie Cheesemeister

    Oh, go throw yourself under a bus and do us all a favor. Stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JenniferHerrick Jennifer Herrick

    How did the bus driver not see him walk towards the bus and then not get on? If he didn’t get on the bus, then I think I would be looking around to see where he was. That’s what all of the mirrors are for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JenniferHerrick Jennifer Herrick

    How did the bus driver not see him walk towards the bus and then not get on? If he didn’t get on the bus, then I think I would be looking around to see where he was. That’s what all of the mirrors are for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/perlita.beauford Perlita Beauford

    Tragic for everyone. I mean everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/perlita.beauford Perlita Beauford

    Tragic for everyone. I mean everyone.

  • tkaz

    This is my worst nightmare – I make sure my son gets on the bus safely(or to school safely) & yet….accidents still happen.

  • http://twitter.com/crimefan Professor Plumb

    Haven Lee Norton, 10, Struck And Killed By His School Bus While Mother Watched – http://t.co/NGrpi5HdwY

  • http://twitter.com/crimefan Professor Plumb

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  • come_and_see

    And to think bus drivers make only $10-13/hr.

  • WarriorArtemis

    Holy shit…this story made my heart break. I can’t imagine being so helpless knowing my kid was stuck like that. That’s terrible, prayers for all involved. :-(

  • WarriorArtemis

    while this comment would be funny in other circumstance, this is not the place for this shit right now.

  • JohnQknowitall

    The poor mother and the poor bus driver… they must have both been up all last night reliving the horror… and the other family members… Oh man when I was in the fourth grade the only things that mattered were the morning cartoons, the evening cartoons and kick ball. What a terrible terrible thing.

  • JohnQknowitall

    A-men!!!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    Shit shit shit, as a mother I CANNOT imagine what mom is going through. My biggest fear in life used to be recluse spiders but now as a mom it’s become not being able to keep my son from harms way. Poor mom to have to watch her son pass in such an agonizing manner and be helpless. It’s just so horrible:-( RIP little dude

  • Whatevn

    the boy is 10, not 5. She could have been near her front door watching him get on. I doubt one of her worries was watching her kid get run over by the same bus there to pick him up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.stuart1 Ray Stuart

    My heart bleeds for the poor slob that has to write this unlucky little dude’s epitaph. What a way to go. Hell, the irony alone could kill you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.stuart1 Ray Stuart

    My heart bleeds for the poor slob that has to write this unlucky little dude’s epitaph. What a way to go. Hell, the irony alone could kill you.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Never mind all the screaming kids doing everything within their power to distract the driver.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HamsterNinjaofDOOM Alecia Hendricks

    Some people seem to be completely unable to see something as a horrible accident. There doesn’t always have to be someone to blame. I don’t see how anyone could make the leap to blaming the mother anyway.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    And not to be too graphic, but a 10-year-old boy’s body isn’t made of steel. Depending on where he was ran over, I’m pretty sure he gave.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Morbid

    Here’s my guess. The bus was facing away from him and he walked down the driver’s side to get on. The driver would have been paying attention to the person getting on, away from the mirror and the boy. By time she disengaged the lights and started moving, the boy had tripped and fell in front of the bus.

  • Jubilex

    This happened where I grew up – and the end result was refitting busses with what I can only call ‘antennae’ that swing out from the front of the bus to the side – blocking the other lane of traffic – if the thing couldn’t extend *or* retract the bus doors wouldn’t close so the driver knew something was wrong, preventing things like this from happening. I am unsure if it would actually help if the kid tripped however :(

  • newstarshipsmell

    I don’t think so. If the driver was picking up another child (on the far side of the street) before reaching his house, it makes sense he’d approach the bus from in front of it, not from behind, which implies that the bus was traveling right to left. If it were headed in the other direction, he would have already had the passenger side facing him, and no reason to approach from the far side of the bus. It seems to me he would have crossed the street to board it, and probably faced the decision of either cutting in front of it while stopped just down the street, or going all the way around the back. I don’t know that the kids on the bus were distracting the driver, in this instance, but I mentioned it since it’s an all-too-common problem for school bus drivers to deal with, and was in fact the cause of a horrific accident in my hometown while I was in high school.

    A bus full of kindergarteners was dropping kids off one afternoon, when a three year old got loose from his mother in their driveway/front yard, and ran out into the street, in front of the bus. The driver didn’t see him, because she was busy dealing with screaming kids, and not paying attention to the street. The bus struck him and killed him instantly, in front of his mother – and left his face completely unrecognizable. Compounding the tragedy, of course all the kids on the bus got a good look at the aftermath. One of the passengers was his five year old brother.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Also not to stand too close to the bus and to wait until the bus leaves before crossing the road. The poor little tacker was just too close so that when he fell, he was under the wheels :(

  • Isaac Cros

    Teared up a bit reading this. It was bad enough that the mother lost her son but seen it happen as well is terrible. It just shows how unexpected life can be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Hall-Grillot/100000054600337 Anna Hall Grillot

    Oh GAWD, how horrifying. I don’t know how she’ll ever get that sight out of her head.. I am too weak for that, I would be dead or on drugs about now.

  • WarriorArtemis

    Awwww, fun sucker. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheshiredreams Andrea Pizzuto

    Not true, my mom made about $18/hr with awesome insurance and perks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheshiredreams Andrea Pizzuto

    The bus driver probably should’ve noticed that he/she had one less kid at that stop, But school buses are like kid-toting tanks. You wouldn’t necessarily notice a slight bump.

  • Whatevn

    I wasn’t taught any bus safety :/

    But I can promise you my paranoid heart that I will now– at least I will next year when I move to an area that doesn’t require me to walk her each day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottymac247 Scott McAllister

    i enjoy reading articles on this site becasue all the stupid shit that people do makes me feel better about my life. i do not like reading about stuff like this i have a 10 year old i can only imagine what the mother and that school bus driver are going through

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I can’t imagine what the mom and the bus driver are going through right now. The bus driver is probably never going to want to drive again, and the mom is probably going to see the bus running over her kid replaying in her mind for the rest of her life.

    Horrifically enough, my cat got out of the house and tried to play “suicide by school bus” this morning. Fortunately, my kids’ bus driver saw him and stopped until I could at least get him out of the road and give him a good scolding.

  • Evan Oswald

    wow!

  • shae

    When I was in school many, many, many moons ago, they had these mechanical arms we had to walk around so the driver could see us out the front window. This is so sad

  • LizzyBorden

    Yeah, I know… And I’m sure a 10 year old would just love his mother carrying him & placing him on the bus…… Running over , throwing him on her hip & picking him off the bus….. IDIOT.
    She was at her door, waiting for his arrival—WATCHING.
    Everybody blame the mother who helplessly watched her baby run down by a bus. Accidents happen. And God knows this was DEFINATELY not anyone fault, let alone the mom.

  • Guest

    I don’t think she meant to blame the mother. I think she is simply confused at where the mother was in proximity to the bus.

  • G.I.R.L.

    :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/Leashaness Alicia Lynee’

    Having suffered horrendous bullying on a school bus as a child, and now reading this story, only makes me even more sure my son will be driven to school every single day. So terribly sad :'(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405122021 Debi Keefe

    Jesus…..so sad for his mom seeing him get killed :( because losing a child isnt bad enough

  • Aussie Sabbath

    Do you need a special licence to drive school buses in the US? Or do you just do some driver training and off you go?
    It’s just that in Australia, you have to have a MR (Medium Rigid vehicle) licence plus Public Transport permit to drive any sort of public bus or charter coach.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaryBowers87 Mary Bowers

    In middle school my bus driver was involved in so many accidents it made me wonder how the hell I made to school and back without being killed and how she even managed to get the job. I’m 26 now and the other day on my way home I saw that crazy woman driving the same bus I actually said out loud “oh dear god”. I feel so bad for the mother I can’t even imagine whats she’s going through. There is no way you can miss a child in front of the bus if you are paying attention I sat in the front of the bus in high school and couple kids fell out in front of the bus on a few occasions I could see them while i was sitting behind the bus driver so I know damn well he could. the only way the driver couldn’t have saw him would have been if the bus was still moving and he ran out feet in front of her. but the article says the bus was stopped I believe she wasn’t paying attention and didn’t take the time to look. You always have to be on the look out dealing with young children it’s pretty much written in stone I hope something is done with the driver she obviously doesn’t take her job seriously.

  • cielodrive

    Poor kid. Very sad.

  • Tina Matthews

    I know you need a special licence in California, not sure how it varies state to state but I assume its the same

  • Aussie Sabbath

    My uncle’s a truck driver (he has a MR licence and drives lorries) The public transport permit covers public liability, special considerations when driving a bus or coach (such as this incident) plus bus companies will train drivers with their own policies. I think you get the permit through the company.
    I wouldn’t want to be a bus driver, passengers are so frigging rude these days. But I’ve also met some rather nasty drivers too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doukn.miname Doukn Miname

    Shouldnt have mixed children if you want your children to have sense.

  • Betty Newberry

    Sad, tragic accident and my heart goes out to those who are hurting. I was always told never to walk in front of the bus, it was a rule at our school. I feel so sorry for everybody involved and certainly the bus driver did not do this on purpose, 6:30am its still dark, I know cause I live in Springtown.

  • brandi

    Please, go crawl back under your rock and stay there. That is the most senseless shit I’ve seen on dd and trust me, there’s plenty to thumb thru, but I’m pretty positive your the one that has no sense.