Leading Off (2/18/10)

1.    A fight broke out between a couple boys on a bus yesterday. The bus driver pulled over, told the boys to get off, and then started driving again. That’s when a 15-year-old girl went to the front of the bus and asked that it be stopped. Somehow, she was able to force the door open and then fell out. The bus then ran over her. She died on the scene. No jokes here.

2.    On a lighter note: Frisco, the land of the privileged is becoming the land of the little less privileged as council members voted 4-1 to support new affordable housing projects. One group of people who were there to fight it was the Frisco Citizens Opposed to Unreasonable Development. Sweet name. But I think if they called themselves Awesome People Who Would Like to Keep Their Awesome City Awesome, they could’ve maybe won their case. Just a thought.

3.    The Dallas Police Department is launching another round of its “knock-and-talks.” These “knock-and-talks” (how much talking is really going on?) are a way for officers to search a home without a warrant, all they need is permission from the homeowners. There have been problems with this process in the past, but this time, we’ve been assured, it will work. Oh, also, if you see officers knocking on your door, all you have to do to keep them from searching is ask if they have a warrant. So there’s that.

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Comments

  • J R

    I’m not sure what safety measures are in place, but in every bus I’ve been in the door handle is right next to the door and every 15 year old I’ve ever known knows how to open the bus door. If she grabbed the handle and opened the door, I can’t see how we can blame the driver for this.
    Does anyone know if busses these days have an auto-lock on the door while the bus is moving?

  • Earnest

    I don’t think anyone is blaming the driver, but I believe you’re right. Still, if you’re driving the bus and you’re trying to move safely in traffic, then the last thing you might be thinking could happen is that a kid will grab the door handle.

    This is awful, but it gets worse. If you want to see what kind of people there are in this world, then take a look at the Comments posted with the story on the DMN Web site.

    Makes me wonder which ring of Hell one is headed to, when they have no soul.

  • News Junkie

    My heart aches for the child, her family and the driver who in no way could have prevented a determined passenger from opening door if he/she had their hands on the wheel of a moving vehicle. My daughter knew this poor girl well. Everyone involved is devastated.

  • matt

    There is nothing privileged about living north of 635…Bush…or whatever is beyond that (i assume the edge of the world?)

  • Oliver Babbish

    “Knock and talks” are so illegal I wonder what judge would allow searches from them allowed in court. Oh, we’re in Texas.