TEXAS CITY — A 15-year-old girl was in the hospital Sunday after suffering a concussion after two school buses collided as the band traveled to a competition on Saturday.
The girl’s mother said that school officials waited hours to inform her of the accident and that her daughter was ill.
Rhonda Drope said her daughter remained in the hospital Sunday with a concussion that made her dizzy when she tried standing. She also had issues with nausea.
The school district issued an apology to the family and confirmed that an internal review was under way.
Drope’s daughter was among the 130 band students who traveled to Galena Park on four buses for the Area round of the University Interscholastic League competition.
School district Spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici confirmed that two buses collided, but said students whose parents were not on the trip were told to contact their parents about the accident to let them know they were OK.
A car cut off one of the buses causing one of the vehicles to rear-end another, Tortorici said. The accident happened between Baybrook Mall and Clear Lake City Boulevard around 12:45 p.m.
Drope’s daughter was sitting near the front of the bus that was rear-ended.
“Adult boosters and band directors, who were on both buses, checked on all of the students,” Tortorici said. “During this process, two students reported that they thought they were hurt. Both of their respective parents were on the particular bus and checked on their children.”
The band participated in the contest Saturday, but after the first performance, Drope’s daughter had a severe headache and was sick to her stomach.
Drope said one of the band parents, who claimed she is a nurse and who made the trip, called to ask if she could give Drope’s daughter some “Tylenol and Tums,” but made no mention of the accident.
Tortorici said the girl became ill after eating and that a Galena Park athletic trainer also checked on the girl.
Still, it wasn’t until an assistant band director called to ask Drope to come pick up her daughter was she informed about the accident. That was six hours after the collision, Tortorici said.
Drope drove to Galena Park and took her daughter to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston where doctors made the concussion diagnosis.
Physicians questioned Drope why it took so long to bring her daughter into the hospital for treatment.
“I am livid,” Drope said. “We escaped something more severe, but (school officials) didn’t know that at the time.
“No one called me or said anything even after I called and said she was in the hospital,” Drope said.
Tortorici acknowledged a lack of communication and said the appropriate procedures were not followed.
“Texas City ISD administration and band directors deeply regret this communication break down and publicly apologize to the student and her family,” Tortorici said.