Children traumatized after boy struck and killed in school parking lot

(WMC-TV) - A six-year-old boy was bending over to pick something up when he was struck and killed Monday by a day care bus in the parking lot of Oakshire Elementary School, authorities said.

Tuesday, neighbors of Anthony Scott, Jr., the young boy who died in the accident, could not believe he was gone.

"He wasn't the kind of kid that would run around and get in the street," Phyllis Wilson said. "His mom and them watched him."

Several parents of children on the bus, operated by Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center, said their children saw Scott bent over in the parking lot just before he was struck, picking up books or a backpack for a girl who they believe was his sister.

Wilson doubted the boy was left unattended, saying his parents were quiet, loving and attentive.

"He has a good family," she said. "He has a good mom and dad."

According to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, over the last two years, eight complaints have been filed against Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center, but all were found to be invalid. The invalidated allegations included no air on buses, that several staffers smoke pot, and a roach infestation.

A DHS spokesperson said Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center most recently received a rating of three out of three stars.

After Monday's accident, all 12 children on the bus made it off the bus safely. But several parents described their children as 'traumatized' after seeing the boy lifeless in the parking lot.

Meanwhile, Memphis police say no charges have been filed against the driver. An MPD spokesperson said the driver felt terribly about what happened.

The Memphis City Schools Foundation has set up a memorial fund in Anthony Scott's name to assist the family with arrangements. Donations to the Anthony Scott, Jr. Memorial Fund can be made at any First Tennessee Bank location.

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