To the ignorant individual R M Savage. Before you start throwing out your personal ideas on how you think things should have been done, you should try to be a coach and decide upon what is best for your athletes. Running at 8am is the best time to run. We live in Texas, if you were to subject cross country runners to 6 miles in the 90 degree weather of Texas most would pass out and probably get dehydration. The time is the best time for runners. There are rules for each run, that why TWO girls were injured. You always run with someone else. And if you are not aware you have to stand on the median while waiting to cross the road...it is dangerous to run straight across the road with cars coming by. DUH! The coaches cannot be on bikes riding in front of the pack and the back of the pack. Each girl runs at their own speed, making them follow a bike is limiting their ability and following on a bike lowers self-confidence and self-esteem of a runner. But of course you wouldn't know a thing like that. The girls do not run wild as you suggest and paint the picture of, they run on the side of the run or on a sidewalk and grass. It is not as if they are running in the middle of the street with cars passing them. The coaches, teachers and administration do not guard your children as if they are their own? Really? Teachers are there to help provide an education to your students and prepare them for their future whatever that is they decide. Administrators incorporate punishment meant to keep your child in school and off the street where they have no hope of a future. And coaches? I have found that coaches as hard as they are at times care the most about their athletes. When you watch an athlete come in with weakness and watch them grow over time coaches are there every step of the way in their success and in their failure. Coaches want to keep your child safe, no coach wants their kid to get hurt and not just for their ability, but because they genuinely care for them! Death happens to everyone every single second you are living your life, you could die by just breathing. Yes this is a terrible loss of a great person, but every death is a sad one. I knew Amanda personally, she was always around, our families were so close. This event hurt us both. But it also touched the lives of everyone Amanda knew. I ran for the same team she did for all four years of high school and I can say this from experience and witness those coaches you say that didn't protect her or care enough to guard her still care for her. There is a dedicated section for her on the wall of the girl's locker room, there are bracelets twice a year that are made and we always run our races as she did. Her death was long ago and still she is missed and cared. Ignorance is bliss R M Savage, but do not speak on what you do not know or will ever understand.
I was disturbed somewhat reading the comments made by Martin Allen. Many things can happen to anyone anywhere but I see that better judgement could have been used like the time of day, 8 a.m is probabibly the busiest time of the day. Whoever was supervising the run should have established rules which could have eliminated some risk such as not standing on the median of a busy intersection. There are situations in which no amount of foresight could have prevented an accident. The time of day, busy intersection and coaches in the car? They should have been on bikes with bright orange flags..one in front and one in the back of the runners..if someone had fallen or tripped..how fast can the coach get out of the car without disrupting traffic? It just gets me how the administrators as guardian ad litems don't guard the children of this community as if they were their own. Students trust their coaches, teachers and principals. I cannot imagine the sense of the greatest loss the parents are suffering...it could've happen to anyone is so inappropriate.