Student run over in school car park
The quick thinking of Tainui Full Primary School staff last week just may have saved the life of a little girl.
As the rain fell and students were dropped off for school, a vehicle reversed out of the staff carpark and into a student.
According to school principal Richard Peters, the child sustained an injury to her leg and she received stitches for it.
‘‘It is good that the injury is not as serious as it first seemed,’’ he said.
Mr Richards said a parent had used the staff car park when it should not have been used.
‘‘Parents tend to use it when they are not supposed to, they drive in and drop the children off and reverse out,’’ Mr Richard said.
Mr Peters was proud of his staff and the way they responded to the incident.
The reaction was instant with staff rushing to the scene, checking for vital signs and calling the ambulance.
‘‘That sort of situation you never want to happen.
‘‘Any school’s gate is a place for potential accidents and we always have to be careful,’’ Mr Richard said.
He said Tainui Full’s training on first aid had really come through in the way his staff dealt with the children and families.
The staff car park has since been blocked off as a temporary solution to ensure it is not used by parents. ‘‘It was really unfortunate, we are in the process of reviewing our parking system and will be talking to road safety and the police.’’
Mr Richard confirmed that there had never been any other car park accidents. Libby Kissick is journalism student