At a press conference today at Strom Law Firm, Josh Flores was joined by attorneys Jessica Fickling and Bakari Sellers as he spoke to the media about his children’s experience surviving the recent hijacking of a Richland County School District Two bus by a Fort Jackson trainee.
Together, they called on authorities at Fort Jackson and Richland County School District Two to answer to the failures that led to a 23-year-old trainee taking 18 children and a bus driver hostage while they were on their way to school on May 6.
“We are looking for accountability here. How does something like this happen? It is our intention to get to the bottom of that; it is our intention to ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Fickling said. “Obviously, all of the children are going to be impacted by this significantly, and for a long time.”
Sellers echoed this sentiment: “We’re here to ask questions, we’re here to ask for transparency, we’re here to ask for accountability,” Sellers told reporters. “While for many of us this is just a one-day or two-day news story, for these children, this is a traumatic event that will last a lifetime.”