In junior high, I remember sitting in an auditorium while the principal said: “When you ride the bus, NEVER stick your head out. One time, a 7th grader did that, and HIS HEAD CAME OFF after it hit a tree. So don’t do that.”
I always thought it was true. It became one of those childhood urban legends that I never questioned. And now, many years later…
“A Perry Meridian High School freshman died Monday morning after he leaned his head out the window of a moving school bus and struck a tree.
Raul Gonzalez, 16, died quickly after he struck his head on the tree trunk, said Marion County Sheriff?s Department Lt. Phil Burton. The bus was moving at about 30 or 35 mph when the impact occurred.
About 7:15 a.m., Gonzalez?s bus was headed eastbound on Stop 11 Road when the bus passed a tree standing a foot or more from the road, Burton said. it wasn?t clear why Gonzalez had stuck his head out the bus window.
The bus driver didn?t realize anyone was hurt until she heard screams. She pulled the bus over near Forward Pass Road, less than a quarter-mile from Bluff Road, and called authorities. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, Burton said.”
I can’t believe it, but it’s true: so here it is, fodder for new principals… they can print the article and stick it on their door and write underneath it: So Don’t Do That.
On the brighter side, three children looked on in horror as their father hacked their puppy to death with an axe.