- Arse – well I feel like shit now!
Convert, just imagine how the poor van driver is feeling.
Agreed, the irony is I was posting about van drivers inadvertently running someone over and the risks of doing something stupid on the motorbike thread as I got the call.
signing off – fresh air and ride for me I think.Posted 5 years agoaracerSubscriber
Not your fault at all, though I’m sure I’d be feeling horribly guilty if I was in your position.
Definitely recommend some counselling if the bike ride doesn’t work. It helped a lot for me when a friend was severely injured in an incident which whilst not my fault at all I still wonder if I could have prevented if I’d done something different.Posted 5 years agounklehomeredSubscriber
that’s terrible. Not your fault. Just shit shit luck really. I’ve shot onto unexpected road before. I suspect many people. You could spread blame over kids or parents, but it won’t help, there’s no point. A horrible unfortunate accident.
Life can be poo. Very often it is.
Here’s hoping the school/family/community do something awesome in his name.Posted 5 years agoaracerSubscriber
All you’ve done is introduce him and others to a great sport, something you should continue to do.
Kids sitting around doing nothing is far more dangerous.
This. How many kids who didn’t have teachers as great as you will end up dying of obesity or inactivity related diseases?Posted 5 years agoloweySubscriber
Can only echo what has been said, but mate, you were introducing this lad to a fine past time, one which had it not been for the accident would probably have given him great pleasure for all his life.
Terrible accident, go ride, get it out of your system. You wouldnt be human if you didnt feel terrible.
Deepest Condolences to all involved.Posted 5 years agoconvertSubscriber
Just had a call from the Headmaster of the school I teach at. One of my tutees died yesterday – 14yr old lad – super kid.
Why relevant here – well on top of him being my tutee I also ran an mtb activity which he came to every week over the summer term. Over the term he went from a super cautious rider who would rather get off and walk to a confident young lad who would happily follow me on the local trails. He was riding with his family yesterday on holiday and raced off down a downhill section of the bridleway, didn’t realise/appriciate/account for there being road at the bottom, overshot into the road and was hit by a transit and thrown 50 yards down the road.
Not my fault in the strictest sense but feeling pretty bad just at the minute 🙁Posted 5 years agojamj1974Subscriber
It is a tremendous shame the lad died so young and my heart really goes out to his family, friends and yourself as well. However Convert, you obviously gave him a new interest and helping him gain confidence and have a great time – no matter how he died you gave him something amazingly positive in his life.
An accident is simply an unforeseen event with negative consequences and resultantly no one saw this coming, not his parents, not himself and least of all you. Don’t blame yourself – instead try to remember if you can all the things you are doing for young people, both educating and widening horizons… Not many people can say this.
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People have a natural talent for twisting perceptions to blame themselves with things like this. It’s a terrible accident like everyone says. Put your rational head on and just remind yourself of that occasionally over the coming weeks. However, as I’m sure you’re aware, feeling shit is an unavoidable part of the process.Posted 5 years agorosscopecoSubscriber
How awful…it quickly puts everything else into perspective.
Easy for me to say this but you can’t go blaming yourself for this accident or someone elses horrible & tragic death.
Life is so fragile…you need to focus on how you influenced the boy for good and let that be your principle memory.
No other words really seem relevant…Posted 5 years agounklehomeredSubscriber
Wish I’d had a teacher like you.
I did, not mtbing, but sailing and windsurfing, on his own time after school, driving us to Ripon. It was great, I really looked forward to it each and every week.
Sound like OPs students did too. The bad feelings now are just the side effect of being a decent conscientious human being.Posted 5 years ago
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