8-year-old dies suddenly on school bus

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - An eight year old Franklin County boy is dead, and no one is certain why.  It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus.  He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR.  He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead.

The only sign of any health troubles had come that morning.

“(His mother) said that he’d had a headache in the morning before going to school.  She’d given him some kind of aspirin of Tylenol or something like that,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said.

But school officials say there was never any symptom or complaint during the school day.  There was only the sudden shock of Bradley’s death that afternoon.

Tuesday was a challenge according to the principal at Strain-Japan School.

“It’s been a very difficult time, and trying to stay as strong as you can for the rest of the students and staff here,” Anita Studdard said.  “It was a very emotional time this morning as everyone gathered this morning.  But after we got to class and had the counselors working with them, the counselors did an amazing job coming up with activities that helped them work through their grieving process.”

That process is made harder by the memory of Brandon, one of just seventy-one students here.

“Always had a smile on his face and willing to joke with you. It will be different.  He was just a great student, very caring about others.  And like I said, always wanted to have a joke or something to tell you.”

Investigators say there are no signs of foul play in Bradley’s death, but just the same they were back at school Tuesday asking questions.

“You still have to go through the motions and makes sure you’ve covered all the bases and that’s what we’re trying to do right now, which is obviously difficult for the family and the kids too, but there’s questions we have to ask that we don’t really like to, but that’s all part of it,” Sheriff Toelke said.

An autopsy was performed in St. Louis county Tuesday morning.  There was no obvious sign of a problem, leaving the medical examiner to wait for test results.  Those should take a few weeks.  Only after getting them back do officials expect to be able to declare a cause of death.

 

42 comments

  • elizabeth

    The only problem I see with this. Is the driver drove the boy back to the school before preforming CPR or anything. From my understanding that’s what happened anyways… cause of death has not been determined and won’t be until autopsy is done… this is such a tragic story

  • Jas

    I didn’t read anything that says the bus driver drove back to school first. What the driver tried to do is amazing.

  • Lori

    I can see why Elizabeth thought the child was driven back to the school. The writer of the article stated that the boy died AT THE SCHOOL (first paragraph). It’s just the way it was written.

  • Phil

    “He was rushed back to school WHERE the bus driver performed CPR.” This is what she means. It was bad wording on the article’s part.

  • Mendy

    This is what it says verbatim….” It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus. He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR. He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead.”

  • Siyan

    I don’t understand what’s confusing about “He was rushed back to school where the driver performed CPR.” Very sad….praying for the his natural family as well as his school family.

  • Holly

    The driver probably did everything they could think to do in that emergency situation. It is difficult to know how each of us would have reacted in that moment had we been the driver. The article and video state that the driver drove the bus back to school before performing CPR. But for all we know, they had not made it very far from school. Praying for this child’s family, friends, and school.

  • Carol Snyder

    Probably seeing different versions of the article. Plus it doesn’t say how far from the school they were – could have still been parked for all we know. Can’t believe how hostile people are about this. This is just a sad story and apparently the bus driver did what he could. This child probably had an aneurysm or a blood clot and nothing was going to save him. The headache was the clue.

  • Liz Warfield

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An eight year old Franklin County boy is dead, and no one is certain why. It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus. He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR. He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead…..

    See where it says he was rushed back to school???

  • gina

    An eight year old Franklin County boy is dead, and no one is certain why. It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus. He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR. He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead. It says he was rushed back to school. you can’t blame the bus driver though.

    • Carol Snyder

      You know it is possible that the story has been updated and people viewed different versions. I know they leave the same comments on when they do that. It’s fine for people to clarify for others but the insults and hostility are beyond me…

  • Jamie Wormington

    I don’t see why we are fixating on whether or not the driver drove back to the school or performed CPR on the spot. An 8-year old has passed away.

    His parents, friends, neighbors, and teachers are mourning. Just give your condolences, feel sad for them, give them your support or move on; don’t make it about something it is not.

    • Elspeth

      Maybe everyone is fixating on that because they do not understand why the ONE ADULT present didn’t do something other than taking him to a place that WASN’T a HOSPITAL. The story, as written, strongly implies that the boy was NOT AT SCHOOL, but somewhere along the bus route home. To “rush” someone back to school implies STRONGLY that the driver turned the bus around and went back to SCHOOL not to a HOSPITAL. The story also does not say if there was an ambulance waiting for the bus at the school because the driver radioed ahead to report an EMERGENCY. Rather, the story says that the driver preformed CPR on their own, which strongly imples that no one had yet contacted even 911.

      If the driver can RUSH the boy back to school why could he have not RUSHED the boy to the hospital which is described as “nearby”?

      The fixation has to do with the very real possibility that had the driver simply stopped the bus, called for help, and then immediately begun preforming CPR that the child would have LIVED. That is why the fixation.

  • LMH

    “That process is made harder by the memory of Brandon, one of just seventy-one students here.” I thought his name is Bradley.

  • Nicole

    This is very sad indeed. Parents don’t expect that their children will not come home from school. BTW, who is Brandon??

  • Coaster

    I wonder if it was Tylenol (paracetamol/acetaminophen) toxicity. If you’re dehydrated, the liver can’t process the Tylenol as well (One of the metabolites can cause liver failure). In *most* people, it takes more than 8 hours to go toxic, but for some, especially children it can be quick. My friend’s son (10yo) died of this several years ago. In winter, most people drink a lot less, and kids have small livers.

    Pretty sure regular Tylenol comes in 325mg tablets. Too high a dose for a child.

    My condolences.

    • Elspeth

      The only problem with your presumption is that even the Sheriff doesn’t know what he was given. Aspirin was suggested as a possibility as well. Why not rage about the consequences of giving a child aspirin (which are well known). For all you know the medication he was given was a physician issued PRESCRIPTION that contained no Tylenol.

      My concern is for his classmates. He had a headache in the morning, was given something for it, and then died. You know what kills kids that fast (its not Tylenol – especially if he was given just a single dose 6-8 hours earlier absent existing liver damage/failure – which would have been seen on autopsy)…meningitis can start with nothing more than a headache and can kill in about 8 hours if untreated (sometimes even if treated). meningitis does not have to present with other symptoms and a headache is part of the classic symptoms (this child might not have even know to tell a teacher about the other symptoms such as a stiff neck). Bacterial meningitis is HIGHLY contagious and can pass easily through the air to other children, who pass it to their families, who take it to work.

      Since the boy had no physical indications for death (as reported by the coroner) that leaves contagion or poison…and most poison leaves physical evidence such as damage to the liver.

  • Jennifer Johannes

    Ok really you all a litle boy is dead and all you can do is complain how the artical is written and how the bus drive drove him back tot the school. THat is a shame. My prayers have been witht hte family of this little boy since it came out. My daughter is in 4th grade and is 9 years old. I would be yelling at all of you if this was my kid. The driver did nothing wrong. Im not sorry for what i am saying its a shame you all are not say prayers to the family.

  • Jane

    Shut up all of you whiny twits. There’s too much arguing over whether the driver went back to the school or did CPR there, and people feeling obligated to point out others’ errors and copy & paste parts of the article.

    At least Jennifer Johannes commented on the same thoughts I’ve had. Although, I can’t say she shares my disgust with those of you complaining.

    The child has died. Please realize the point of the article. Let others worry about the how & why, and acknowledge the pain of the family.

  • Jaime

    What I think is he had to much stress…kids can only take so much my step daughter passed away 4yrs ago was 15 & healthy smart & into sports when she had a cardiacarrest Doctors say a child can only take so much.

    • Carol Snyder

      I see no basis for your comment. Stress? Usually there is a physical problem if “stress” kills someone, unless it is heat stroke – not likely at this time of year.

  • Amy

    In the area the school is in there isn’t really a safe place to pull over and stop a bus the road is full of sharp turns and blind corners the bus driver had to think of the safety of the other students also plus they were not far from the school and the hospital was at least 10 miles away. The parents of the little boy are both very loving and attentive parents and if they would have suspected anything out of the ordinary they would have taken him to a doctor immediately and they would not dose a child with adult meds or poison they are good people who love there children and are completely devastated by this TRAGEDY and that is what this is a horrible tragedy that stuck an unsuspecting and loving family. There is enough horrible drama in this story in the loss of a child you don’t need to add more in placing blaming and criticizing those who tried to help I’m sure the bus driver is dealing with enough watching a child she has know pass away and being unable to help. My prayers to the family and friends of this sweet little boy.

  • Carol Snyder

    Most parents keep children’s Tylenol around – and baby aspirin. Why should we assume she gave him an adult version of either? By the way,if one adult tylenol is enough to kill a child, shouldn’t we all know this? I hope his parents and people close to him will learn the cause of his death – it really isn’t our business.My sympathy to all who are affected.

  • Jamie

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – An eight year old Franklin County boy is dead, and no one is certain why. It was Monday afternoon, on the bus ride home from school, when third grader Bradley Voss collapsed on the bus. He was rushed back to school where the bus driver performed CPR. He was then taken to the hospital in nearby Sullivan where he was pronounced dead.

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