5-year-old crushed under a reversing school bus yet again highlights negligence

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Singh was standing behind the school bus, when the driver in an alleged attempt to park hastily crushed the boy under its wheels

A child's safety in school is usually the responsibility of the school. Once he leaves the premises of his home and enters the school bus, it's the authorities responsibility to care for the kid.

But it seems this responsibility is often taken too lightly. Case in point is a sad news that comes from Patiala where a 5-year-old boy was crushed by a school bus while it was reversing.

What exactly happened

Prabhjot Singh, 5, a kindergarten school student was reportedly crushed under his school bus just outside the school gates. The fateful incident took place at 9.15 am when the bus of his school, SM International School, Friends Colony, near the Patiala-Rajpura road, starting to disembark the students.

Reportedly Singh was standing behind the bus, when the driver in an alleged attempt to park hastily crushed the boy under its wheels. The bus also had a female attendant apart from the driver, both of whom failed to notice the kid standing behind the bus.

Soon after, the boy was rushed to a nearby private hospital and his parents were also informed.

Dr J S Sra, medical superintendent at the hospital spoke to Hindustan Times and shared, "The boy was in a critical condition when he was brought to the hospital. He did not have any head injury but had received severe injuries on the chest following which a chest tube was inserted."

What happened next

Sadly, the boy could not fight back and succumbed to the grievous injuries and died by 4pm.

On hearing the news of his death, his father Iqbal Singh, a photographer, reportedly collapsed in the hospital and so did his mother for the same reason.

Naturally, it is a very tough time for the parents who were in no position to share the ordeal with the media. However, a relative of the family, one Raj Kumar demanded that a complaint be filed against the school owner.  "If that does not happen, we will hold protest,” he told the media.

The family has for the time being filed a complaint against the school management as well as the driver and a magisterial probe has also been ordered.

Not surprisingly, the school bus was not following what the Haryana Government calls 'Surakshit school Vahan policy,' and did not even have a first-aid kit on board.

Things you must know about 'Surakshit School Vahan Policy'

As per norms laid down by the Haryana Government, the 'Surakshit School Vahan Policy' lists a series of safety norms "with the objective of making school children safe while at and during travel to and from the school."

A few primary measures you must know about are (as stated in the government document):

  • Entry/exit of all persons in the school should be logged clearly
  • School perimeter should be secured to control access to the premises
  • The school must have adequate CCTV coverage
  • As measures to reduce physical hazards that risk safety of children, schools must have a vigilance officer, canteen officer, safety officer and a health officer
  • All school employees should undergo a 360 degree verification
  • It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that all transport staff, even if provided by contractors have been verified. Read here to know more about the safety measures all schools are supposed to follow.

Read: Safety first: Helmets for kids above four years soon to be compulsory in India

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