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Updated: 01/01/2018 08:30:01AM

No 2: Day of chaos affects schools, students and parents

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A mangled mess of yellow is what is left of bus 177 after being hit from behind by a semi and landing on its left side Thursday morning on U.S. 27. Several children and the bus driver were taken to the local hospitals for treatment and two children were flown to Tampa General Hospital.


Parents wait in traffic on South Commerce Avenue to enter the Highlands County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning. School officials informed them of a bomb threat at Sebring High School, across Sebring Parkway from the Fairgrounds, and told parents they could pick up their children there.


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SEBRING — “It was over in a flash,” said Ethan Turner of Lake Placid after his school bus rolled over in a wreck on Dec. 13. “All I think about was getting out the back door.”

“My anxiety level is through the roof. You know it’s serious when they have you come to get your kid,” said Tena Turner, a Sebring High School parent, who along with hundreds of others, came to collect her child after faxed bomb threats closed SHS and Avon Park High School, on a day that started normally and turned chaotic.

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