There are some things that are very difficult to watch. A video recently captured by a school bus surveillance camera is one of them.
Six-year-old girl Kaylee Rushing who has autism, according to her parents, can be seen riding on a school bus in the Chicago suburb of New Lenox.
The video purports to show a female school bus aide slapping the little girl who is nonverbal, twice in the face.
Kaylee can be seen trying to defend herself.
The local school district superintendent contacted Kaylee’s parents so they could view the video.
The video, while grainy, shows Kaylee being hit and trying to defend herself before breaking down and crying.
Kaylee’s parents were understandably upset.
“My blood boils. I think about it and it just makes me mad. She shouldn’t have to go through that. She’s nonverbal, she can’t come back and be like, ‘Dad, this lady hit me, not just once, she hit me twice,'”Nicholas Rushing, Kaylee’s father said.
“It just makes me want to cry to be honest with you. As a mom, just seeing that, it’s disgusting. She was just acting weird for the next couple of days. It definitely had an impact.” said Madeline Norley, Kaylee’s mother.
The school district’s superintendent indicated that the bus aide is not a district employee, but instead works for the district’s bus contractor.
Sarah Rexroad, executive director of the bus contractor said:
“I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an on-going investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on a student school bus.”
Fortunately for Kaylee, although she can’t speak, the video clearly speaks for her.
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