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Parents talk about son hit by school bus

Aprille Aldridge-Jablonski and Jim Loomis, Alexander Aldridge's parents, talk to the media Thursday morning Aprille Aldridge-Jablonski and Jim Loomis, Alexander Aldridge's parents, talk to the media Thursday morning
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ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The parents of a Nagel Middle School student hit by a bus in Anderson Township held a press conference Thursday morning to update his condition.

Alexander Aldridge, 12, was hit Tuesday morning at Nagel Road and Stonegate Drive, not far from Nagel Middle School. Investigators say he ran between two buses. 

His parents said Thursday that he is still in critical condition. Doctors are monitoring swelling on his brain and how he is reacting to surgery, and say the first 24 to 72 hours are crucial.

"During that window of time is why its so crucial for them to be able to hopefully give us a prognosis which at this time we don't have one," said his mother, Aprille Aldridge-Jablonski.

"He's responding to some stimulus, trying to get some feedback, still sedated so he keeps, the doctors tell us its good," said his father, Jim Loomis.

The driver of the bus, Diane Reed, is not facing charges, but the school district says she is taking a few days off before returning to work.

Aldridge's parents said they do not blame bus driver, and believe the incident was an unfortunate accident.

"Jim and I would just like the bus driver to know that the whole situation is unfortunate and that we are praying for you as well, we can't imagine what you are going through and it was a tragic accident," said Aldridge-Jablonski.

His parents said they are thankful for the school's response. Students at Nagel, Turpin High School and Anderson High School all wore green - Alexander's favorite color - on Wednesday to show their support.

"The school's response was wonderful, I feel like they are more than willing to do anything and everything to protect all children," said Aldridge-Jablonski.

"Never ready for it and then your life is this," said Loomis. "We're hanging in there and we just focus on Alex and everybody says what a great kid he is and he is and he will be."

Aldridge-Jablonski said her son unfortunately learned the hard way the risks of not using a crosswalk.

"If you're five minutes late for school, you're five minutes late for school," she said. "Just be careful, be safe and every time you cross that street just think of Alex and please please use the crosswalk."

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