Reporting J.D. Miles
SPRINGTOWN (CBS 11 NEWS) - A North Texas mother who endured the trauma of witnessing her son’s death is speaking out for the first time.
Shannon Norton spoke to CBS 11 News about her 10-year-old son Haven who was killed when he was run over by a school bus on Monday.
“My son was a loving child my son loved everybody,” says Norton.
Haven was just days away from graduating to the fifth grade at Springtown Elementary.
His mother says he enjoyed riding the school bus and was running to catch it when he tripped and fell underneath it.
“He touched many peoples lives that I didn’t even know that he did,” says Haven’s mother. “He’s brought me from my darkest nights to my brightest days. He was my rock. He was my everything,”
The Norton family moved to North Texas last year from California.
In fact, Haven’s grandfather was a school bus driver there.
“Where the bus drivers get out of the bus and escort the kids, from kindergarten all the way to high school,” says Jimmie Norton, Haven’s Grandfather.
The Norton’s want Texas to adopt California’s law requiring school bus drivers to get out during pickups and drop offs.
“I would like for that to be nationwide mandatory,” says Shannon Norton.
On a Wednesday night, dozens gathered outside the Norton’s home to celebrate Haven’s life.
It’s that support from the community that Haven’s family is so grateful for during this difficult time.
“They’ve always said Texas had a big heart. Boy that’s true,” says Janet McCorry, Haven’s Grandmother.
Haven’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Monday at Cowboy Country Church in Bridgeport.
The area Lion’s Club has offered to cover much of the cost of the funeral.
Friends of the family have set up a fund through Wells Fargo Bank for those who would like to contribute to their immediate needs.
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