UPDATE (12:45 p.m. April 23) — Requests for prayers and support for all involved have filled social media channels since a 6-year-old child was struck by a school bus Monday afternoon.

Tuesday morning, Sheridan County School District 2 superintendent Craig Dougherty said the district and its staff were working to ensure “all of our support systems are functioning in the schools and transportation department.”

“Words cannot express how much we care for every child in our district,” Dougherty said. “Their health and safety is more important than anything. We are devastated by this accident and are all praying for the student and her family. Our entire leadership team, school psychologists and counselors, principals, school resource officer and teachers, are working together to provide support for our staff and students. Our full efforts and concern as a district are focused on the family and the emotional wellbeing of our students and staff.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family, which the page identified as the Aarsted/Laguen family, with medical costs. 

As of 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, more than $5,850 had been raised by more than 110 people. The page indicates that the child is on life support and in a coma, but that information was not corroborated by local officials.

The child’s name has not yet been released by official sources.


SHERIDAN — A child was struck and seriously injured by a school bus at Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School Monday afternoon, according to a press release from Sheridan Police Department.

At 3:06 p.m., officers responded to the report and, upon arrival, discovered a 6-year-old student lying directly in front of the passenger’s side-rear tires of a school bus. According to witnesses, the child ran to the side of the bus as it was leaving the loop in attempts to stop the driver and was pulled beneath the bus. Rocky Mountain Ambulance and Sheridan Fire-Rescue arrived and quickly transported the child to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, the release stated.

As of 4:45 p.m., the child was being flown to Aurora Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for life-threatening injuries.

The name of the child and others involved will not be released due to the active investigation, SPD stated. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is assisting in the investigation.

The Sheridan Press will release updates as they become available.