A Michigan boy who recently prevented a school bus from crashing after the driver lost consciousness sprang into action because he was the only passenger not distracted by an electronic device, according to a new report from CBS.
On Sunday, two weeks after seventh grader Dillon Reeves regained control of a school bus when its driver lost consciousness, the network reported that the boy’s parents’ refusal to provide him with a cellphone paid off in large measure. extent.
Dillon’s father, Steve, told CBS: “What else are you going to do when you don’t have a phone? You’re going to look at people, you’re going to notice things. You’re going to look out the window. It is a very powerful lesson, perhaps a world-changing lesson.”
In the CBS report, several passengers on the bus with Dillion, who are the UK’s equivalent of eighth years, revealed that they were engrossed in their electronic devices when their driver began to lose consciousness as they were being driven home from school. on 26. April.
“I had my AirPods,” said one student, referring to a popular brand of wireless headphones. A second student added: “I was looking at my phone.”
And another student said, “I was on my phone playing a little game.”
In video that was captured on a bus security camera before it went viral, Dillon can be seen running to the wheel after noticing the driver had passed out during a medical emergency. Dillon slammed on the brakes, pulling the bus away from traffic and finally stopping it as other students screamed in panic from their seats.
“Someone call 911! Now!” Dillon yelled as he stopped the bus.
The driver was ultimately treated for an unspecified medical episode when the students were transferred to a different bus and taken home.
Dillon, speaking to CBS, said: “I just knew what to do at the time. The bus went off the road.
After news broke of his intervention in the runaway bus, Dillon was widely hailed as a hero. online and by the superintendent of your school district.
“The actions of the student who helped stop the bus made all the difference today, and I couldn’t be more proud of his efforts,” said Superintendent Robert D Livernois. saying On Facebook.
Dillon’s parents said their son’s heroic actions are reason enough to further delay getting him a phone.
Asked by CBS to comment on his parents’ decision not to give him a phone any longer, Dillon shrugged, saying, “Whatever. My parents are old school.”