After boy's death, Springville Elementary parents talking to their kids about safety


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Terrible. That's how Springville Elementary parent Darwin Loftin described his feelings after the untimely death of second-grader Haji Mohamed. Haji was a student in one of his son's classes.

"I had a conversation with my son this morning."

The roughest part for his son, he said, was knowing a young man won't be coming back to class.

Mohamed died suddenly Monday. He was hit by a school bus in north Omaha. Police say he was trying to run across Sprague Street when the bus hit him. He later died at a nearby hospital. That shocked students, staff and Loftin's son.

"When I asked him about it, I don't think he quite understood what happened."

Loftin picks his son up from school every day. He says he's talked to him about safety and being aware of his surroundings. Monday's crash started that talk.

"It's not something that happens often."

There was supposed to be testing Tuesday at Springville Elementary, but that got pushed back because of what happened.

"I wouldn't have been surprised if school was canceled after something like that," said Loftin.

It wasn't canceled, but there were certainly a lot of heavy hearts.

An investigation into Monday's crash is still in progress. Earlier Tuesday, Student Transportation of America bus drivers gathered for a private vigil. An Omaha Public Schools spokesperson says grief counseling is available for students, staff and bus drivers.

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