During the morning rush at Odessa Public School (OPS) yesterday, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, a student was struck by a vehicle on the road in front of the school.
Families at the school received a message from the school regarding the incident, which stated the student was struck at approximately 8:20 a.m. while they were walking with their parent.
“Emergency medical services (EMS) were promptly dispatched to the scene. Fortunately, after thorough assessment by EMS, it was determined that the student was unharmed and able to return to class,” the message reads.
The school acknowledged that a “small group of students and community members may have witnessed the incident,” and that staff had spoken to OPS students about the incident.
“Our Student Support Counsellor will be made available for any students who feel anxious about what happened. If you feel your student needs support, please contact the school,” the message stated.
Kingstonist inquired with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for more details regarding the incident, including how it happened and whether or not charges were laid.
In response, Acting Sgt. Aaron Miller, Media Coordinator for the OPP East Region, disclosed that officers from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) OPP Detachment attended the incident alongside paramedics. Miller echoed the school’s sentiments that “fortunately, there were no injuries,” and noted that the student involved was only five years old.
“There have been no charges at this point,” Miller said. “As always, we encourage drivers to be extra cautious in school areas, especially during pick up and drop off. Additionally, we remind parents to have conversations with their kids regarding roadway safety.”