Officials: Student seriously injured after jumping out of Virginia Beach bus

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 11:13 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A student was seriously injured after jumping out of a school bus in Virginia Beach Friday, officials said.

Virginia Beach police officer Lonnie Cain said three students were arguing on the bus. One student tried to exit the front of the bus, but the driver wouldn't allow it, Cain explained. Then, the girl walked to the back of the bus and jumped out through the emergency exit while the bus was still moving.

One witness, who did not want to be identified, said he was driving behind the bus. He told 13News Now that he sensed something was wrong and honked his horn at the bus driver. 

“A girl appeared at the back window and looked concerned and opened the emergency door and dropped right out, he said. "I don't think she knew what she had in store for herself falling out a moving vehicle that fast.”   

The girl sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, Cain said. 

Virginia Beach School spokeswoman Eileen Cox says Bus 932 was coming from Renaissance Academy, where the students attend a special education school.

David Sadler, director of the program, says the students on the bus are in high school and attend a program for kids who have been suspended or expelled from their public school.

Sadler said there will be an investigation to determine who was responsible. 

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