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Macon County student takes turn for the better

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MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - All is quiet at D.C. Wolfe Elementary School, one day after one of its students was seriously injured when a school bus struck him.

Today, counselors inside the school delivered some encouraging news to teachers and fellow students after learning the little boy is actually getting better, a far cry from what we were getting 24 hours ago.

"The situation is looking more positive by the hour based on our conversations with his mother," said Macon County school superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks.

Not only is Debra Morris relieved but Morris wants to give a little money to help the family with impending medical bills. Morris manages a restaurant in Shorter and hopes to collect a few dollars during a food drive for the poor next weekend.

"It could have happened to my child and if it did I would hope someone would have done the same thing for me," Morris said.

Morris says if you're interested in bringing food to the needy and making a donation to the boy's family call 334-834-0551.

WSFA 12 News has learned the kindergartner is still on a breathing machine at UAB but doctors hope to take him off real soon.

For some reason the child was hit during the unloading process on County Road 13 located between Shorter and Tuskegee.

There is also some new information regarding the school bus driver. Brooks declined to identify the driver. We do know she passed the drug test, no drugs in her system. The driver in question is on leave with pay until investigators wrap up their case. WSFA 12 News has learned the driver is a 6-year veteran with the Macon County school district and she has a clean record.

"Everyone is in a fragile state right now," Brooks said.

One survey shows that some 17,000 children end up getting hurt in school bus related accidents every year in this country with an average of 20 deaths a year.

It appears this little boy was fortunate.

He's on the road to recovery.

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