The federal government is providing funds to provide counseling to the victims of the Midland City bus killing. The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center in Dothan has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $142,000 to assist people, especially the children, affected by the school bus shooting. The grant was announced by the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.
The grant is the result of Jimmy Lee Dykes killing a bus driver and kidnapping a student on Jan. 29. The victims include 35 children who lost their bus driver and 20 who witnessed the bus driver's death. The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center will provide trauma counseling and emotional and psychological services for the children impacted by the killing and kidnapping.