Dylan's school day turns sour

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
Dylan Moore
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NASTY SCARE: Dylan Moore, who suffers from cerebral palsy, spent the day in hospital after falling from a transit van supplied to take him to school.

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A young Christchurch boy with cerebral palsy was treated in hospital after falling from his school bus.

Dylan Moore, 6, tumbled out of a Go Bus Company transit van outside Addington School yesterday, hitting his head on concrete.

He spent most of the day in Christchurch Hospital being checked for head injuries.

His mother, Amy Pilcher, said her son was shocked and distressed after the fall.

While Dylan admitted to taking his seatbelt off, she said the door had been left open.

"[He] doesn't have the strength in his arms to open a van door. It must have been open and he must have been left unattended because he wouldn't have fallen out otherwise."

Addington School principal Trudy Heath said what happened was an accident; Dylan had unbuckled himself, tried to get out of the van and fell.

"I have reports from the driver and from school staff, and from the information I have the driver did not let Dylan fall out of the taxi," she said.

Pilcher said she was concerned the Go Bus Company was not equipped to handle first aid emergencies, the physical needs of the children and necessary equipment.

Ministry group manager John Clark said that after a national tender the Go Bus Company had been contracted to provide special education school transport assistance (Sesta) in Christchurch.

All Sesta drivers were required to have a first aid certificate, he said. "The ministry was advised that the accident occurred when the student took off his seatbelt and attempted to get out of the vehicle unattended, before the driver could get around the vehicle to open the door."

Clark said Dylan had not been left unattended. The company had been providing Sesta services for the ministry since 2008.

Go Bus did not return calls from The Press.

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