Sure, more and more is being expected of high school students nowadays, but having to stop a runaway bus is a bit much.
A group of teenagers from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario are being heralded as heroes after bringing their school bus to a safe stop while their driver experienced a medical emergency.
“All of a sudden the bus driver started having convulsions, and I realized he was having a seizure,” said Aiden Gilmore, a Grade 10 student who was sitting in a front seat at the time.
Despite the driver’s foot on the brake, the bus continued to veer off the road at a high speed.
“In a split second, I knew I had to do something,” Gilmore said.
The 15-year-old doesn’t have a driver’s license—his only driving experience being behind the wheel of a golf cart—but he still managed to safely ease the bus off the road and into a shallow ditch.
Other students jumped into action, as well, including 17-year-old Keven Brennan, 16-year-old Logan McCorquodale, 16-year-old Rachel Watson, and 16-year-old Kennedy Couture.
Some administered first aid to the driver, others called 911 and the school to update them on the incident, and another assisted Gibson in safely parking the enormous vehicle.
“It was like we were off-roading a bus,” said Brennan, smiling.
According to Sharp Bus Lines regional manager, Sarah Vala, the driver was transported to a local hospital and is currently in good condition. Doctors are still running tests to find out what triggered the seizure.
“He definitely wants to thank the students for all their quick thinking and action,” Vala said.
Gilmore’s parents are understandably very proud of their son’s quick-thinking and willingness to jump in and do the right thing.
“He didn’t even think twice. He just acted on gut instinct,” said his mom, Sonia Gianvito. “He’s quiet — walk tall and carry a big stick. That’s the kind of kid he is.”
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