Lee High School Bus Massacre


Lee High School Bus Massacre

Photo Caption

Tragedy struck yesterday in Huntsville, Alabama, as a Huntsville City Schools bus carrying 44 high school students to a vocational technical school for morning classes careened off the elevated Interstate on-ramp, apparently after having been cut-off by another vehicle. Two young ladies were killed at the scene, subsequently, a third died later in the afternoon, and a fourth has passed today. Although many more students were injured seriously, about half were actually able to walk away, or shortly after being treated for minor injuries.

Recently my website focus hasn’t included covering local events, and I had actually intended to take the Thanksgiving week off from my column. However, this accident happened quite close to home as I live in the area. In fact, if the accident had happened another five hundred yards down the highway, the bus might have landed in my garage.

The NTSB is on the scene and is conducting an investigation along with local law enforcement. The tragedy has ignited the debate over the lack of seat belts in school busses nationwide. Interestingly, an NTSB spokesman pointed out that school busses are inherently safe vehicles and that out of more than 44,000 vehicle deaths on the highways of America last year, fewer than ten fatalities occurred to school bus passengers. Some even argue that having safety belts on schools busses is actually more dangerous than not.

Of course, one fatality is too many, and it is hoped that the investigation might result in even fewer such tragedies.

I offer my condolence to the families and friends of those who were injured or lost their life.

The four young ladies who have died as a result of what ultimately was an act of domestic terrorism are: Christine Collier, Nichole Ford, Tanisha Hill, and Krystal McCrary.

Nearby Links
  • Vintage Editorials

    Alabama Representative Mike Ball Responds To Sandy Hook Challenge

    When I read this article on AL.com featuring Alabama State Representative Mike Ball’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre, I decided to send him an email. Immediately below is his glib reply and following is the original email I sent him.

    A Very Bad Cop

    There is mounting evidence in Huntsville of a deliberate system of extermination whereby a number of “at risk” individuals have met with inextricable and untimely deaths in recent years, as well as a long emerging pattern of “assisted suicide” by police that effectively results in the extermination of the so-called “undesirable” individual – usually branded as mentally ill. While it appears these murders by police are incidental, they are more likely achieved by the same system of domestic terrorism that ultimately staged the death of Eric Freeman. The whereabouts of Glenn Watson is unknown at this time, however, he may have fled to Phucket, Thailand where it is believed he is invested in real-estate holdings.

    Benito Albarran: Shades of Farron Barksdale And Systemic Penal Corruption

    Isn’t killing a police officer serious? Of course it is, and I’m not making excuses for Albarran. But, the very fact that we have a civilized system that includes an organized method of determining the disposition of crime, and that that system includes police officers who go about doing their job – hopefully in a civilized manner – is the same system that by definition says that even convicts are not to be killed, or allowed to commit suicide, while in prison.

    Slum Lords Of Huntsville: The Central Bank Parking Deck

    Not really paying attention to much of anything, I was suddenly alarmed by what I instinctively thought must have been a small bomb. I don’t remember exactly when all this occurred, excepting that it was not terribly long after 911 and I suppose my sensitivities where somewhat tuned to the new reality of “everything has changed.” When I looked up, almost right in front of me, just across the Big Spring canal and immediately beneath the Central Bank parking deck, there was a cloud of dust and what I first thought was smoke rising into the air.

    Obama Smoked One Joint Too Many

    The rhetoric is false, deceptive, and dangerous. For Obama and the gun control nuts, this is still the United States of America, and there is still a constitutional process involved in changing policy and laws. The 2nd amendment doesn’t guarantee your right to own a shotgun for hunting, it does recognize your unalienable right to […]

    Twittering The Great Debate!

    I am pleased to announce, although not running as a republican (I am Independent), I will be the only conservative participating in tomorrow night’s presidential debate. That as a result of Mitt Romney once again demonstrating himself to be a liberal democrat, flippy flopping on his pledge to oppose illegal immigration. I believe I recall […]