ANDERSON, Ind. —
He encouraged Perez to crawl out if he could, which the boy did, and then, upon seeing a deep gash on Perez’s arm, asked Harrington to hand over his belt for use as a tourniquet.
Harrington and Simmons ran back to the bus to grab paper towels to cover the wound and reassured their friend.
”Me and Nicholas kept calming him down,” Harrington said. “He kept asking if he’d be OK.”
Back on the bus, Jones and Lateche Norris, 11, manned the radio thanks to practice and observation in the past. Norris said she was a bit nervous, but tried to remain calm, and added that some of the students on the bus were visibly upset because Perez was a friend.
At the end of it all, only about 15 minutes later, Shannon said he was “very pleased” with the way students “maintained their cool.”
Highland Principal Kelly Durr added that the school and district is very proud of Shannon and the students — “They stepped up when necessary.” The school board recognized the group at its monthly meeting Tuesday.
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