The deaths of four more children in hot cars in recent days has brought the number across the U.S. this year to at least 23, nearly matching the total for all of last year and prompting experts to plead for vigilance and warn parents that it can happen to anyone.
In Dallas, 2-year-old Boi Lei Sang died after being left in a hot car in a parking lot Sunday while his family was in church.
The numbers of heatstroke deaths of kids in cars has fluctuated, averaging 37 such deaths a year since 1998.
Not surprisingly, states with warm climates and large populations had the most hot car deaths since 1990. There have been 111 hot car deaths in Texas, followed by Florida with 80 and California at 54.
The Stephenville ISD board of trustees discussed several topics, including drug testing at the high school.
They discuss whether or not to move forward with drug testing at Stephenville High School, but ultimately did not take action at Monday’s meeting, saying they would need to further discuss policy, pricing and the scope of the testing.
Matt Underwood, SISD superintendent, said they would want to start testing only with high school students.
Dr. and board member Ed Dittfurth didn’t want to move too quickly and possibly lose them as students.
Underwood said the first time a student tests positive for drugs would result in a conference with the parents.
The board also approved changes to the 2016-2017 student handbook.