Jacksonville Fla May 8 2012 A 16-year-old Jacksonville high school student who jumped from a moving school bus Friday died Monday, a hospital spokesman said.
Anne-Marie Herr said her son, Jessie L. Herr, had been brain dead after never recovering Friday from injuries he suffered in the jump on the Intracoastal bridge on Beach Boulevard. Herr said her son was kept on life support at Shands Jacksonville hospital through Monday for organ donation.
Shands spokesman Dan Leveton told the Times-Union Jessie was pronounced dead Monday morning.
Jessie, of the 700 block of Second Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach, was a 10th grade student assigned to Grand Park Center alternative school in northwest Jacksonville. He had been attending Fletcher High School but was sent to Grand Park because of truancy trouble, his mother said.
She said she’s unsure why her son jumped from the rear emergency door. She said he had told her about being previously picked on while on the bus, but she didn’t know if that led to Friday’s incident. She is hoping police and school officials will share more information with her.
“I know in the past Jessie has complained about boys bullying him on the bus, but he never said it went any further than just calling him a name,” said Herr, 45. “There’s no reason why he should have even been able to jump out of the back of a moving school bus.”
Herr said her son enjoyed computer games and fixing things with his hands. She said he was loyal to friends and family and will be deeply missed by all.
“He was a great kid,” Herr said. “He was the first one there if you needed help with anything.”
The accident report released Monday said that the bus was west on the Intracoastal bridge of Beach Boulevard when Jessie opened the rear emergency door about 6:30 a.m. and jumped.
He tumbled to the roadway and struck the back of his head. He was unresponsive and bleeding heavily before being flown to Shands Jacksonville hospital.
Thirteen students were on the bus at the time on the incident. Michael Hackler, the boyfriend of Jessie’s mother, said he walked Jessie to the bus stop that morning and didn’t notice anything unusual about his behavior.
The mother of a student on the bus said she knew Jessie and had been told by her son that he was previously bullied while on the bus. Parents of riders said fights and other trouble are common.
Duval County Public Schools spokeswoman Jill Johnson said the district had received no reports about the student being bullied. Police are still investigating what caused Jessie to jump.