Advocate Editorial Board opinion: School shows value of taking care of others
Traffic accidents are frightening things. Vehicles weighing several thousand pounds moving at high speed can cause serious damage when drivers lose control. And that fear is multiplied exponentially when children are involved.
That was the case with the St. Joseph High School volleyball team on Oct. 13. The team was on its way to a district game in Austin when the bus they were riding lost control and rolled on U.S. Highway 183 North in Gonzales County. While the official report on what happened will not be released until Monday, we are glad to see that everyone survived this frightening ordeal, and we are amazed at how much the community of St. Joseph has pulled together to support both the team and the bus driver during this difficult time.
The morning of the accident, the football team left practice to take roses to the volleyball players being treated in Gonzales Memorial Hospital. That night, about 150 people came to a candlelight vigil to pray and give thanks that all 32 people in the crash were safe and avoided major injury.
We are impressed by how close this community is in supporting each other. These students went through a frightening ordeal, but they are not facing it alone. Even the bus driver, Clint Parks, is receiving support from students, parents and the administration, who say his driving saved the girls from receiving more serious injuries or even suffering a fatality. Families, friends and the school staff have all rallied around these girls to give them all the love and support they need to bounce back.
And bounce back they have. On Thursday, the Lady Flyers won a match against San Antonio Christian, showing that while they may be shaken, they are not broken. The win was an emotional experience. That night, the girls not only won the game, but they also presented Parks with a box filled with gifts, oatmeal raisin cookies and other things in order to cheer his spirits.
We are happy and proud to see these students and the surrounding community come together like this to form a network of support for everyone involved in the Oct. 13 crash. It is this love for one another that makes this school such a unique place, and we are proud to have it as part of the Victoria community.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.