A neighborhood in Raytown, Missouri, was awoken early in the morning by police informing them of an alarming scene in the area. Although most people were able to avoid exposing themselves to it, onlookers were left horrified after a school bus full of middle schoolers stopped nearby the grisly scene, and now, the entire town is worried about what the kids saw.
It all began when neighbors in the Raytown community awoke to police informing them of a tragedy that occurred during the night. Sadly, a man had hanged himself from a tree, and his lifeless body was found early in the morning. As much as police hoped to avoid anyone being alarmed over the incident, an entire school bus of middle schoolers missed the memo and was unfortunately exposed to the grisly scene.
Although police initially covered the man’s body with a sheet, they were forced to remove the covering when the coroner arrived – which happened to be when the school bus was expected to drive by. In fact, as soon as one onlooker, Aaron Walker, saw the incident, he quickly tried to intervene. “The first thing I did is that I got out of the car and asked the police, I told them that there was a bus coming in about 20 to 30 minutes, is there anything you can do to wrap this up?” Walker said, according to IJ Review.
Unfortunately, police explained that there was nothing they could do because it was an active crime scene. However, Walker is still irritated with how it was handled overall.
“You could see a lifeless body hanging,” he recalled. “Some parents were pretty upset around here about it, they felt like it could’ve been handled a little bit better.” According to WDAF-TV, he added, “There’s just a body hanging there, I can’t even imagine what they’re going to go through. I’m 40 years old, and I’m having a rough time right now.”
When the Raytown School District got the opportunity to speak to some of the students on the bus, it was confirmed that several of them saw the body. They have since sent a letter home to parents to inform them about the incident and offered to counsel students who feel they need it.
It’s a shame that the investigation couldn’t be momentarily halted to protect the innocence of several children. It’s completely understandable that it was an active crime scene, but perhaps the school should have been informed to notify their transportation department in order to change or delay their route if the potentially traumatizing scene couldn’t be hidden while the bus drove past.
No one is ever prepared to see a dead body – unless you work with them on a daily basis. Students and residents in the area are likely not equipped for what they saw. Clearly, adults should be able to handle the incident, but the eyes of young children should never need to be exposed to something so horrifying.
However, what’s done is done and rather than complain, it can be used as a teaching opportunity. Hopefully, these kids will get the help that they need to cope with what they saw, and they can learn through this man’s death that suicide is never the answer.