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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — A first-grader has died after being hit by a school bus in Jefferson County, Missouri, just days before Christmas.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said the young boy exited the bus moments before it struck him Tuesday afternoon near Oakland Hill Drive and Oakland Manor in Plattin Township, located about six miles south of Festus.

Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX captured footage of police responding to the scene.

“Parents have been notified. As anyone can imagine, it’s difficult news to deal with, and certainly, it’s going to be hard for them in the future,” said Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Roettger during a press conference.

The boy, whose name and age have not been released, was a student at Plattin Primary School, part of the Jefferson R-VII School District.

Tuesday was the last day before the district’s Christmas break. Superintendent Clint Johnston said the school had holiday parties, and students sang carols together that morning.

“This is a bad day,” a tearful Johnston said. “This is a bad day for our school. This is a bad day for our community. I’m hurt.”

Johnston said grief counseling will be available to students and staff on Wednesday, even though the school will be closed. Additional counseling will be provided when students return from break in January. The superintendent also encouraged parents to talk to their children.

“I think that it’s important that you start by letting them know you care about them, and you let them know it’s okay to hurt,” he said. “We have to work together as a community to get through this situation.”

“Please keep our families and our community in your thoughts and prayers,” Johnston later said. “It’s going to be a tough Christmas season for a lot of people, and we’ll get through it. We’ll rise. We’ll pull together, but this is not the way anyone wants to ever have to experience a holiday break.”

Police have not identified the driver. The investigation is ongoing.