Opinion & Editorial

A public apology

Dear parents and schoolchildren of Creswell,

I want to express my deepest apology for the incident passing the school bus on Holbrook on Feb. 13, 2020 when it was unloading children. There was, and is, no excuse and it has devastated me.
Unfortunately, I was distracted more looking for an address than I was my other surroundings. I did not become aware of the offloading of children, or that I was passing a school bus, until a parent got my attention and told me what I had done. I’m so grateful for that parent. I told them that I was so sorry and thanked them.
Having adult children of my own, and grandchildren that ride a school bus, and having worked in public schools for many years, I would not do this on purpose.
I have never in my life passed a school bus loading or unloading. I have always respected the school buses and their warning lights. I never thought that would happen, and then it did! It was a blessing that nothing tragic occurred.
This incident has become a life-changing wakeup call concerning being distracted while being behind the wheel of an automobile.
I can promise you all that as far as I am concerned, this will never happen again.
I am, and will continue to be very, very sorry for the incident.

Jerry D. Luke



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