Editor Mat Nott
Editor Mat Nott

Youngsters act quickly when bus driver slumps over wheel

THE Chronicle photographers and reporters have had to document all manner of delinquency over the years.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of scenes of crime and vandalism bear the hallmarks of youthful hands and have run in our pages and our online sites.

It is a shame to publish really. But it's a necessity.

No use turning a blind eye to a problem if it exists - and it does.

Petty theft, shoplifting, vandalism and crimes against property, as well as minor and not-so-minor assaults are often the way youth demonstrates disrespect for authority.

It costs business a bomb, the health system often gets called upon, police time and energy is expended.

Then there is judgement day in court when the young culprits get the judicial brand upon their records.

In this bleak sounding context, what a ripping yarn today's front page was.

How good is it to come across an article to remind us all that 99.9% of our kids are developing into good, caring people who we can rely upon in times of trouble?

Urangan State High School students McKenna Beal and Ash Breen took control when they realised the driver of their school bus was in trouble.

Ash acted quickly and telephoned 000 straight away for an ambulance. This presence of mind can be enough to save a life on its own.

McKenna turned her attention to the students on the bus, some only six years old.

She marshalled them and had the smarts to do a head count to make sure none got lost in whatever was to follow.

McKennna worked through all the kids and deciphered who went to which school and rang those schools to avert panic while Ash kept watch over the crew.

These two students did themselves, their parents and their school proud. Even though they acted on instinct, their instincts were informed by love and discipline and compassion for those around them.

They showed they were cool under pressure and knew how the systems that bind society together work.

No doubt every parent would have a word of praise for them today.

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