Stu­dent run over in school car park

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

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

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