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A student was dragged by a school bus in Buxton on Thursday


A kindergarten student from the Buxton Center Elementary School was dragged by a school bus Thursday afternoon.MSAD 6 Superintendent Paul Penna tells WMTW that the student was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with minor injuries. He said the student’s backpack got caught in the door of the bus as the student was getting off at about 3:25 p.m.Police said the 6-year-old boy was dragged nearly 700 feet at low speed along Dunnell Road near Pinder Road. Athena Lavigne, the boy’s mother, ran after the bus as it dragged her son down the road. “I didn’t think he was going to stop. I thought my son was going to get dragged under the bus and I thought he was going to die,” Lavigne said. “I ran at the bus and I was screaming down the road begging him to stop.”There were 29 other students were on the bus at the time. None of them were hurt but they were transferred to another bus to be taken home. The boy suffered scrapes and bruises down his leg and was taken to Maine Medical Center. Lavigne said Friday he is back home and feeling better. Penna said the principal of the school, Craig Pendleton, was riding the bus Friday morning to help monitor. Additional counselors will be available at the Buxton Center Elementary School on Friday as well if students want to talk about what happened.Penna also said that the district will investigate the incident and review all of their training and safety practices.

A kindergarten student from the Buxton Center Elementary School was dragged by a school bus Thursday afternoon.

MSAD 6 Superintendent Paul Penna tells WMTW that the student was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland with minor injuries. He said the student’s backpack got caught in the door of the bus as the student was getting off at about 3:25 p.m.

Police said the 6-year-old boy was dragged nearly 700 feet at low speed along Dunnell Road near Pinder Road.

Athena Lavigne, the boy’s mother, ran after the bus as it dragged her son down the road.

“I didn’t think he was going to stop. I thought my son was going to get dragged under the bus and I thought he was going to die,” Lavigne said. “I ran at the bus and I was screaming down the road begging him to stop.”

There were 29 other students were on the bus at the time. None of them were hurt but they were transferred to another bus to be taken home.

The boy suffered scrapes and bruises down his leg and was taken to Maine Medical Center. Lavigne said Friday he is back home and feeling better.

Penna said the principal of the school, Craig Pendleton, was riding the bus Friday morning to help monitor. Additional counselors will be available at the Buxton Center Elementary School on Friday as well if students want to talk about what happened.

Penna also said that the district will investigate the incident and review all of their training and safety practices.



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