Teacher struck by car driven by teen

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NATCHEZ — In 22 years of teaching, Linda Grafton has never had an experience like the one she had just after Friday’s dismissal.

Grafton was directing traffic in the Natchez High School parking lot when she was hit by a truck driven by a Natchez High student.

Grafton, the principal at Fallin Career and Technology Center, said she sustained a head injury, which required five staples to close, and some bruising.

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Grafton said the school’s teachers regularly share a rotation that keeps them directing the parking lot’s traffic after students leave school.

On Monday morning Grafton said she was feeling fine despite the accident.

“I’ll be OK,” Grafton said.

But Grafton said she’s not sure how the accident happened.

“I’m not sure how he didn’t see me,” she said. “I was holding a big red stop sign.”

James Loftin, Natchez High’s Principal, would not release the name of the truck’s driver.

Loftin would only say the student is an 18-year-old male and a senior at the school.

Loftin said he believes the accident was caused because driver’s vision was impaired by the sun’s glare.

The school will not be taking any disciplinary action against the student and no charges have filed, Loftin said.

“It was an accident,” Loftin said.

While Grafton also said she knows the whole thing was an accident, she believes the school will take another look at it’s practice of using teachers as traffic guards.

“We’ll have to re-evaluate what we do,” she said.