‘My heart sank’: Father of student in CISD bus crash in Hays shares his story

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Hector Campos said Friday he received a call every parent dreads.

“[It was] the worst feeling in the world,” Campos said. “You never thought you would get one, and my heart immediately sank.”

The call was to inform him of an accident involving his daughter’s Hays Consolidated Independent School District bus. Campos rushed to the scene and then waited for hours to find out if his daughter Caliana was OK.

“It felt like forever,” Campos said. “It was just complete chaos there,” he continued. “It was very hard.”

Caliana is fine. Campos said she only suffered a few scrapes.

There was a collision between the bus and a concrete truck on Friday afternoon. Two people were killed – a child on the bus and a man in a vehicle driving behind the bus. Two Hays CISD employees and two students were still in the hospital Sunday evening, according to a Hays CISD spokesperson.

The bus was on the way back from a field trip to the Bastrop Zoo. Campos said this was Caliana’s first field trip.

“It was just an emotional wreck,” he said. “It’s just very sad. We’re trying to keep it together. But you know, we’re as positive as we can be.”

Coping with the trauma

Tom Green Elementary School Principal Jennifer Hanna sent a message to parents Saturday informing them that classes will be canceled on Monday. Instead of a regular school day, Hanna said specialized crisis and trauma counselors would be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m

Child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Julia Clark said some of the children who were on the bus might not have a hard time recovering from the trauma. She said for others it might be more challenging.

“Similar to looking at veterans returning from overseas, some veterans thrive [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and some don’t,” Clark said. “We don’t really know why.”

Clark said it’s good to have systems in place to support children, but also not expect them to be severely traumatized.

“They’re looking for some kind of change in the [child’s] behavior,” she said. “You look for what’s going on in daily life and whether it’s getting to the point where the child is no longer able to do things they could before. Does it affect sleep? Does it affect their behavior?”

Clark also said parents should check with themselves.

“This is also a terrible thing for parents. Thinking, ‘Oh my God, what if this happens while my kids are on the bus?'” Clark said. “There may be a part where the child doesn’t need support, but a parent can really benefit from seeking support.”

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