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Bus aide reportedly slapped, molested special needs preschooler in Lake in the Hills

A Huntley mom says that her 4-year-old was slapped in the face and molested on a school bus in Lake in the Hills two weeks ago, according to WGN News.

According to a WGN News report, Rosa White said that her 4-year-old daughter, who attends preschool at Chesak Elementary School in Lake in the Hills, was hurt by a Huntley School District 158 bus aide.

About a week after school started, the 4-year-old told a teacher at daycare that a bus aide hit her in the face. The little girl also told her mother that the bus aide allegedly touched her inappropriately and called her a “bad girl”.

“My daughter is traumatized. I’m in shock. Like this is something that I never imagined that would happen especially at school,” Rosa White said to WGN News.

The mother said that her 4-year-old daughter wears a special harness on the bus because she often tries to get out of her seat on the bus. The little girl also said that the bus aide takes off the harness and “touches me there”. The family said that the girl was sitting in the third row of the bus when it occurred.

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The bus surveillance video caught the incident and school officials confirmed there was “inappropriate physical contact”. Lake in the Hills police are aware of the incident and are currently investigating. The school also said the bus aide is no longer allowed to have contact with any students.

“Acting with the safety of students as our top priority, the district immediately removed the employee from the student environment and contacted authorities,” spokesman Dan Armstrong said in a statement. “It was inappropriate and as with all allegations of misconduct, the district takes it very seriously and will act in accordance with our policy to the most serious extent.”

The family said they want to press charges and they want other parents to be aware of what happened. “A lot of these kids are Special Ed, some of them can’t talk. What if he did the same thing to them and they can’t tell their parents?”, the little girl’s mother told WGN News.


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