Last Tuesday, an Aggie Spirit bus struck junior Construction Science major Brett Samuels outside of Sbisa Dining Hall. This incident has sparked suspicions, as the University will be paying for Samuels’ tuition and medical bills from the accident.
“I honestly didn’t see the bus, okay? It’s not like I waited for it to come by or anything,” said Samuels in an interview. “Sure, I know you get free tuition for getting hit by a bus, and of course, I wasn’t looking forward to being in debt the rest of my life, but I didn’t walk in front of the bus on purpose!”
Reports say that Samuels was seen standing dangerously close to the street for about six minutes, constantly looking right and left, before crossing the street in front of a bus that could not stop for him in time. The bus then struck him and he fell to the ground.
Julia Trivette, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major, was on the bus that struck Samuels. “I honestly didn’t think anything of the sudden stop. The bus drivers are always flooring it and then slamming on their brakes, so it was nothing out of the ordinary at first,” said Trivette. Paramedics arrived shortly after the crash and walked Samuels over to Beutel. He received treatment after waiting in line for about 45 minutes.
Though some are sympathetic for Samuels, most students are skeptical of the whole situation. “It just doesn’t seem right that Texas A&M would pay for his tuition because of one little thing that happened to him,” said an anonymous student. “I mean, I saw the whole thing and it looked pretty staged to me.” Another anonymous student weighed in on the topic, saying, “This whole situation is unfair. I was hit by a biker just last week. Where’s my free tuition?” University officials are currently looking into the legitimacy of the accident.
Samuels suffered a broken leg and fractured arm, but is expected to make a full recovery within the next couple of months.
Officials are advising students to not walk in front of moving vehicles in order to obtain free tuition.