On Saturday, May 14, 1988, 63 kids (mostly middle and high school aged) and four adults boarded a church bus in Radcliff, Kentucky. They were happy and excited and looking forward to a fun day at Kings Island with their friends. They had been looking forward to this day for months!
They picked their seats and headed off to Cincinnati. They spent the day riding rides, playing games, hanging out with each other and loading up on junk food. A lot of them rode the water rides before getting back on the bus for the long ride home. Others grabbed a souvenir –stuffed animals, helium balloons, t-shirts, etc.
They crammed back on the bus with all of their prizes and purchases stuffed in their laps and on top of the cooler in the back of the bus by the emergency exit.
They talked about what a great day they had and how they couldn’t wait to go back or how they couldn’t wait to tell their friends about their awesome day.
Then as they started to wind down, many fell asleep. Some used their mementos as pillows; other used a friend’s shoulder.
Then a crash…a flash…and moments later 27 of them were dead and the rest were changed forever.
Quinton Higgins and 39 others survived that day, but 30 years later still deal with the impacts of that fateful night. Quinton has turned his pain into a message that he shares with people of all ages. He travels to schools, prisons, rehabs, professional organizations and more telling his story and encouraging others to make good choices, watch out for each other, stop bullying, stop drinking and driving and above all to not let someone else’s choice define your life. This will be his first presentation in our area that will be open to the public.
Provided by: Elizabethtown Independent Schools