Sixth grade student cracks fender bender case near Canisius College

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A sixth-grade student at Houghton Academy threw her First Student driver under the bus after a fender bender near Canisius College.

On Monday, Canisius student Andrew Sipowicz said he arrived home near campus before six o’clock Monday evening to find his car had been hit and damaged. There was a note on the windshield from a passenger on First Student Bus 449.

“(The driver) was trying to pull off and hit the car,” the note said. “She hit and run, She tried to vear [sic] over and squeeze through but couldn’t.

“She made a dent and I saw what happened.”

The note was signed: “A 6th grader at Houghten [sic] Academy.” It even included an illustration of the bus.

Sipowicz took a picture of the note, and tweeted it out on Tuesday. Nearly 24 hours after the post was made, it already had more than 100,000 retweets and more than 500,000 likes.

“I’m extremely grateful for what she did,” Sipowicz said. “It takes a lot of courage. It’s not easy to do, especially being that young. It’s easy to go home and go on with your day and act like nothing happened. But she thought she had to do the right thing and I’m really grateful she did.” 

Chris Kemper, a spokesperson for First Student, said the company in investigating the incident, and has begun the process of terminating the driver involved. He added the company will pay for repairs to Sipowicz’s car, as well as the cost of a rental vehicle.

Elena Cala, a spokesperson for Buffalo Public Schools, said the school bus company is reviewing video from the incident.

First Student says they are in the process of terminating the driver involved.

Sipowicz, who is from Orchard Park, hasn’t met or spoken to the sixth-grade student yet, but says a teacher at Houghton Academy reached out to him and said they were able to identify the student through an analysis of the handwriting on the note. He is hoping to thank the student in person.

“She deserves a reward for what she did,” Sipowicz said.

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