Child Run Over in School Parking Lot

Child Run Over in School Parking Lot

There are 140 comments on the Fox4KC story from Sep 2, 2010, titled Child Run Over in School Parking Lot. In it, Fox4KC reports that:

A young child is in critical condition after being run over in a Gardner, Kansas, school parking lot on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

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momof3

Shawnee, KS

#125 Sep 3, 2010
My prayers go out to Kade's family as well as the woman who hit him. As much as we like to think this would never happen to us or our children, the fact is accidents DO happen. This tragedy isn't the fault of Kade, Kade's parents (it irks me that people are saying his parents should have taught him better!), the driver of the SUV, the school employees, or anyone else who was in the vicinity. It was an terrible accident with awful consequences for everyone involved.
ohno

Kansas City, MO

#126 Sep 3, 2010
Justmyopinion wrote:
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Have YOU thought about volunteering at the school (before and after) to maybe help out some of these children? Do you REALIZE the children /teacher (staff) ratio? I have two nephews that go to that school and I know that every teacher/staff member there puts the childrens safety above all. If you are going to come to the table with complaints, be prepared with a solution as well. Maybe all grade schools should start another volunteer program simular to watchdogs, or even add to watchdogs for before and after school safety? Events happen for a reason and bashing or arguing about whos fault it is not going to change the situation or bring Kade back. We need to learn from this experience and help to educate both the adults and children. I know I am involved in my daughters school with the PTO and I will be bringing ideas to the table next meeting. We need to all pray together for both families and have compassion in our hearts. WE are not here to judge.


No need to judge and be hostile, yes I do volunteer every day actually, thats how I see what I see, I am not complaining just making suggestions and pointing out the obvious, nor do I think my posts will bring this little sweet little soul back, but if some of these suggestions may help prevent this from happening again than I guess I am willing to tollerate your comments...I an not bashing, nor arguing, I know what I see everyday, we need to work SMARTER not HARDER.....when someone is telling you what is happening and you are not willing to listen that would be defined as ignorance. It is a very tragic situation. These are all bright people, surely a better plan can be worked on. I hope you are able to calm down and bring some good suggestions to your PTO meeting, who knows, it just may help.

On another note, no one is mentioning Kade's sister, she obviously witness this and as well as all involved this young ladies needs lots of prayers.
AKK

Lenexa, KS

#127 Sep 3, 2010
VAL wrote:
FYI: This was my sister there is no reason to point fingers. She was paying attenetion to the road, was not speeding and she has 3 kids of her own. She is devastated and I do not know what to do to help her cope with this situation. The little boys family is in our prayers and just know this truly was an accident. This is the worst day ever. Please keep an open mind and have compassion for all parties involved.
Your right, I think that its easier to point fingers and talk about what the other person did that was wrong. Were all guilty at some point in time of either walking into something or driving down the road and not seeing the pot hole right in front of us. I know that a child is bigger than a pit hole but the fact that it can come up on you so fast you just dont have a fast enough reaction time. This whole thing is a tragedy and if the time could be turned back there is not one person who wouldnt do it, but from this point on we need to focus on how to make sure this never happens again.
AKK

Lenexa, KS

#128 Sep 3, 2010
VAL wrote:
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The driver was my sister--I just got home from being at her house and with her family all night. She was not speeding at all. The little boy came out of no where running in between 2 stopped vehicles. My oldest sister, the driver, and her 8 year old son were all in the car at the time of the incident. It truly was an accident. She knows the childs family and this will change her for the rst of her life. we cannot even imagine what MrMeyers and his family are going through right now and will go through forever. Its a very hard situation. Goes to show how in 5 seconds life can take a huge twist of change. The police found her not at fault. Please before you are quick to judge someone try to think of all parties involved 1st.
I think that part of the problem these days is that the media is giving just enough information to keep your attention to their new cast, and they dont have all the facts or tell you what they entirely know. A headline of "Garner Boy run down after school" or 7-Year old killed walking across street after school automatically makes you blame the driver of the vehicle. Whether it was their fault or not. Everyone can find fault in each party in almost every situation, but this situation is tragic. I have read all kinds of comments from all kinds of people and every one has their way to fix it. But I live in OP and we have the same issues here. Too many people picking up their kids and no where for the vehicles to go but line up on the roads and that can cause tragedy. If it were my kid I would of course jump immediately on the driver of the vehicle but she had an 8 year old boy in the car. Think about that for a second, this boy will forever be changed also. Just be cautious of the blaming and the finger pointing until all the facts are out on the table.
Father in Gardner

Garnett, KS

#130 Sep 3, 2010
We too will be putting blue ribbons on our trees to show our respect and condolences to the Meyer family.
Left with questions

Overland Park, KS

#131 Sep 3, 2010
How horrible!! My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.
MarileeP

New York, NY

#132 Sep 3, 2010
VAL wrote:
FYI: This was my sister there is no reason to point fingers. She was paying attenetion to the road, was not speeding and she has 3 kids of her own. She is devastated and I do not know what to do to help her cope with this situation. The little boys family is in our prayers and just know this truly was an accident. This is the worst day ever. Please keep an open mind and have compassion for all parties involved.
I have been praying for ur family. My kids go to that school and my kids walk home everyday. I know that this was truly an accident. I really want u to know that WE the community of Gardner understand how this happend and WAS an accident. The way that the pick up line is and how it is set up needs to be revised. My family, my neighbors and myself feel just as bad for ur sister and ur family as the Meyers. We all have suffered a loss. My prayers and thoughts have been with ur family too.I know that we the people of Gardner know that this was not her fault! Accidents are called that for a reason. We support ur family in this time too! I want u to know how much we have prayed for her and I hope that God will give u and ur family peace and show you all how much He loves u all no matter what! I am so very sorry for the people that have said and done things to blame her and they are just uneducated to the area and know that the only one that we have to really anwser to is The Man Upstairs! MUCH LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR UR FAMILY!!!!!!! Love~The Community of Gardner!
YouJustSick___

Kansas City, MO

#133 Sep 4, 2010
Gardner Mom wrote:
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You have no idea what you are talking about!! You need to just stop leaving comments. The lady didn't run a stop sign....because there is NO Stop sign where this happend. Also his father works at the highschool. The concern here is for the Meyers family, the family of the lady who hit him as well as herself, MDE, and everyone else involved. This is a great loss, and the family needs the support from our community...not people running their mouths about what they THINK happend.
Okay, lady. You don't even know who hit him!! I know who hit him and you don't think I didn't cry. I AM supporting this family. I KNEW this family. I FEEL bad for this family. So don't be saying I don't know my fact's. YOU don't even live in gardner. I don't want to get in a disagreement but I just wanted to say we ALL miss Kade and god wanted him in heaven. Obviously there was a reason it happened. I hope that everyone is praying for him. WE LOVE YOU KADE <3
Father in Gardner

Garnett, KS

#134 Sep 4, 2010
YouJustSick___ wrote:
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Okay, lady. You don't even know who hit him!! I know who hit him and you don't think I didn't cry. I AM supporting this family. I KNEW this family. I FEEL bad for this family. So don't be saying I don't know my fact's. YOU don't even live in gardner. I don't want to get in a disagreement but I just wanted to say we ALL miss Kade and god wanted him in heaven. Obviously there was a reason it happened. I hope that everyone is praying for him. WE LOVE YOU KADE <3
How do you know she doesn't know who hit him? What do you mean she's not from this town? Her name is Gardner Mom! The location under her name doesn't mean that's where she lives. Get a clue and quit trying to stir up s***. It's quite obvious that you are the one that doesn't have a clue as to what happened judging by all your previous posts. The community is mourning for both parties involved in this horrible tragedy. Quit getting on here just to stir up s***!
u should be ashamed

AOL

#135 Sep 4, 2010
this is absolutly ridiculous. The women driving the car is not expected to have criminal charges filed against her which means she wasnt speeding wasnt texting she was going to pick her child up. it is not anyones job to judge this person, accidents hapen, that is why they are called accidents. You all should be ashamed of yourselves a child died here and people are being completly classless. i understand that when a child is involved everyone is looking for someone to blame but sometimes unfortunantly it jsut happens. I reside in Gardner and this is not what our little town is about, we are rallying around these families and showing support and not by bashing the woman who made a mistake. She will judge herself enough without your assistance, and i hope to God she doesnt see any of these. And to whoever brought it down to the level of "kansas drivers" you should be ashamed. My grandfather was killed by a missouri driver who was speeding what does that say about your state. And to say she obviously wasnt paying attention when you were not there is ridiculous. If u have a child about that age have them stand in front of an SUV and see how much of them you can see. im sure it will not be much. Mr. Meyer was one of my favorite teachers and im sure he would be disgusted with the comments on this page. Show love not hate!!!
D Momma

Kansas City, MO

#137 Sep 5, 2010
Madison WatchDog DAD wrote:
I agree with ksparent. I have been a watchdog at the school many times last year and will be again this year. I have seen how the pickup line is handled and have to be pretty honest with you its done well. A lot of the teachers (if not all) help getting the kids into cars and/or onto the buses. However, even though this process take only 10 minutes or less there is a backup out on Madison.
With this said is there things that could be changed, absolutely! From the school trying to make the procedures better, maybe. To the city adding a additional school crossing, absolutely! To the parents parking in the parking lot of school and walking up to get their kids. To parents making their kids ride the bus not matter how far away they live.
I have known Mark Meyer for a long time and went to high school with him, along with my son calling Kade a friend. With my son being in the same class this year.
Kade; myself and my son will miss shaking your hand at the end of whatever sporting event or joining you in celebration after a win. However, we will remember you each and every time from this moment on!
Meyers family we pray for you during this rough and tragic time as well as the driver of the suv. Tragic accidents do happen and this just is one that hits near and dear to many of our hearts!
My daughter is also in Kade's class. I just want to thank you for taking the time to be a Watch Dog Dad. My husband helps when he can get away from work as well, and your services are greatly appreciated! I agree that things need to change in regards to the pickup process, and I'm sure they will. I'm part of that pickup line, and I have been considering parking and walking in to get my daughter. Now I will do that. Even though the actual pickup process only takes 10 minutes, you have to get in that line at least 15 minutes early if you don't want to be at the end.

Another thing that people fail to realize...the teachers who aren't outside with the children are supervising the ones who are INSIDE. Those children who are being picked up wait inside with several teachers. They are all doing their part. The ONLY reason that I haven't parked to pick my daughter up is the fact that she would be designated a 'walker'. That is the ONLY problem that I have with the system because the adults who are supervising in front of the school don't know which kids are actually walking home and which ones are being picked up. I can tell my child over and over to wait inside for me, but does that insure that on a beautiful day, when her friends are all running outside that she won't do the same thing? Of course not. Unfortunately, at any age, children are ultimately going to make their own choices regardless of how many safety nets we put in place.
VAL

Kansas City, MO

#138 Sep 6, 2010
anonymous12 wrote:
Val: My prayers go to the family of the child as well as the person who hit him. My husband lost his little brother the very same way and we did not hold the young man responsible who hit him. Prayers and sympathies to all involved. This is very sad.
Thanks you so much for th kind words! It means a lot. Im sorry about your husbands loss.
VAL

Kansas City, MO

#139 Sep 6, 2010
My Two Pennies wrote:
Every driver should know to slow down and proceed cautiously at a school zone especially when you see cars parked/waiting to pick up students.
The driver (my sister) was going maybe 10 MPH...it is confirmed in the police report--this was an ACCIDENT. I cannot believe you would come on-line and be so quick to judge a situation you know NOTHING about. Your screen name is "My Two Pennies" but your comment is worth nothing...not even one cent.
VAL

Kansas City, MO

#140 Sep 6, 2010
MarileeP wrote:
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I have been praying for ur family. My kids go to that school and my kids walk home everyday. I know that this was truly an accident. I really want u to know that WE the community of Gardner understand how this happend and WAS an accident. The way that the pick up line is and how it is set up needs to be revised. My family, my neighbors and myself feel just as bad for ur sister and ur family as the Meyers. We all have suffered a loss. My prayers and thoughts have been with ur family too.I know that we the people of Gardner know that this was not her fault! Accidents are called that for a reason. We support ur family in this time too! I want u to know how much we have prayed for her and I hope that God will give u and ur family peace and show you all how much He loves u all no matter what! I am so very sorry for the people that have said and done things to blame her and they are just uneducated to the area and know that the only one that we have to really anwser to is The Man Upstairs! MUCH LOVE AND PRAYERS FOR UR FAMILY!!!!!!! Love~The Community of Gardner!
Thank you ssooo much Marilee! The support we have been shown is amazing. We are truly blessed to have so many kind people & the lord above by our side...there are angels everywhere...and you are one.
Madison WatchDog DAD

Cedar Falls, IA

#142 Sep 7, 2010
D Momma wrote:
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My daughter is also in Kade's class. I just want to thank you for taking the time to be a Watch Dog Dad. My husband helps when he can get away from work as well, and your services are greatly appreciated! I agree that things need to change in regards to the pickup process, and I'm sure they will. I'm part of that pickup line, and I have been considering parking and walking in to get my daughter. Now I will do that. Even though the actual pickup process only takes 10 minutes, you have to get in that line at least 15 minutes early if you don't want to be at the end.
Another thing that people fail to realize...the teachers who aren't outside with the children are supervising the ones who are INSIDE. Those children who are being picked up wait inside with several teachers. They are all doing their part. The ONLY reason that I haven't parked to pick my daughter up is the fact that she would be designated a 'walker'. That is the ONLY problem that I have with the system because the adults who are supervising in front of the school don't know which kids are actually walking home and which ones are being picked up. I can tell my child over and over to wait inside for me, but does that insure that on a beautiful day, when her friends are all running outside that she won't do the same thing? Of course not. Unfortunately, at any age, children are ultimately going to make their own choices regardless of how many safety nets we put in place.
D Momma

I very much look forward to sharing time with your daughter and getting to know her and along with you and your husband this year. I hope your daughter is doing well though this time, I know my son has been asking lots of questions over the weekend.

Mark and Stormy, thanks for being concerned about my son yesterday as well and know that he too is concerned about your family as well.
Gardner Mom

Olathe, KS

#143 Sep 9, 2010
Soo sad for everyone involved or knew Kade and his family, friends, the driver of the SUV as I have heard she is having a very difficult time. My son goes to school with Kade's sister and has came home from school everyday asking questions and talking about it. It is hard for us as adults to understand let alone these children. Make sure you take that extra time to hug and kiss your children everyday! Kade will be missed so very much!
AStevens

Kansas City, MO

#144 Sep 10, 2010
Maybe something like the 3D images in this aticle would help bring the speeding point across.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/09/3d-illus...
kcmo

Olathe, KS

#145 Sep 13, 2010
i cant believe how rude some of you people are! The lady of the suv wasnt speeding, get your facts before you point fingers!!
Mother2

Kansas City, MO

#146 Sep 14, 2010
"YouJustSick
Okay, lady. You don't even know who hit him!! I know who hit him and you don't think I didn't cry. I AM supporting this family. I KNEW this family. I FEEL bad for this family. So don't be saying I don't know my fact's. YOU don't even live in gardner. I don't want to get in a disagreement but I just wanted to say we ALL miss Kade and god wanted him in heaven. Obviously there was a reason it happened. I hope that everyone is praying for him. WE LOVE YOU KADE

You say you know this family so why dont you show some respect. If they got on here they would not like to see how you are acting. Reading all your comments makes other people upset. If you want to support Kades family, then they need positive reinforcement through this- no pointing fingers. Do you realize kade is watching down on you and sees how you are acting? That hurts him more than you know. This was all an accident. The two families need support- not negative people.
Lisa

Olathe, KS

#147 Sep 23, 2010
My condolences to Kade's family and friends. I have been praying for all those involved.
I hope that we can all try and make sense of why this beautiful boy was taken so tragically from all of those that love him.
I believe that this story is a reminder for me to be more careful as a driver and to be more pro-active in my kids school in coming up with solutions to make it safer getting home.
God Bless.

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