The fact that one teenage boy was injured in a terror attack isn’t holding him back from his schooling.
Dramatic video shows the moments after a rental truck slammed into a school bus carrying two children and two adults during the New York truck attack.
The incident began when Sayfullo Saipov allegedly mowed down cyclists in a bike lane near the West Side highway in New York, before crashing into the bus and exiting the vehicle with two imitation weapons.
The suspect was then shot in the stomach by police and charged with terrorism-related offences.
The video, taken by a bystander, shows one side of the bus mangled and with holes in it. The other side’s windows are blown out, and two students can be seen inside the bus.
“They’re stuck in there,” someone in the video said, before calls for an ambulance ring out.
The video also shows firefighters entering the bus to retrieve the kids.
One of the children had to undergo surgery after the attack, but is currently on the mend, the New York Post reports.
The other, a teenage boy, was treated for minor injuries and released the day of the attack.
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said he was determined to go to school the next day because he was working on his 100 per cent attendance record.
“One of the students that was on the bus, we all assumed we would not come back the next day,” she told reporters at a press conference Thursday morning.
“He said to me, ‘I told myself I’m going to be fine because a lot of people want to help me.’”
The attack happened just outside Stuyvesant High School. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with Farina, visited students Thursday morning.
The students told him it was “their duty to be back” at school because they weren’t going to let terrorism stop them.
“We spoke with a group of students. And it was very, very moving,” de Blasio said. “They thought it was important to be at school the next day, to mourn those who had been lost, and to show that terror would not stop us, would not change us.”
He said one teacher from the school was also injured, but went to work the next day.