Victim in deadly TN bus crash worked with students at local school

by: Tina Terry Updated:


STATESVILLE, N.C. - One of the victims of the fatal bus crash in Tennessee had a long work history with Iredell Statesville schools.

School leaders said Barbara Morrison worked with the district for about 20 years. During that time, she helped teach hundreds of students. Some of those children are learning the news of her death Thursday.

Morrison was a teaching assistant at N.B. Mills Elementary School and at other schools in the district. She also drove a school bus.

Morrison and her husband Randolph were members of Front Street Baptist Church. He was driving the church bus home from a trip to Gatlinburg when the bus crashed into an SUV and a tractor-trailer. The couple died.

The church has a group called the Good News Club that has adopted N.B. Mills Elementary School. Some of the senior members of the church provide one-on-one tutoring, lunch buddying and support to the students.

The school's principal showed Eyewitness News the sympathy cards several students made for the church early Thursday. She said she plans to take them to Front Street Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon.

School leaders said they're not sure how the kids will respond to the devastating news.

"Sometimes it's hard finding words to comfort people at this time, but just knowing that people are there and reaching out and extending -- we've seen a lot of that and I think that's what's going to get us through this horrific event," said Principal Kim Mitchell.

Iredell County Schools will have counselors at North, South and West Iredell high schools, West Iredell Middle School and N.B. Mills Elementary School to help students cope with the crash aftermath.

Read more on how siblings are remember their parents and the bus driver who died in the crash here.

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