NEW LENOX – A Lincoln-Way special education district is investigating an incident in which a bus aide allegedly hit a student.
The student attends a New Lenox School District 122 school. Officials from that district had asked Lincoln-Way Area Special Education District 843 to review video footage last week of an incident in which a District 843 bus aide reportedly carried a student off of a bus, which was not procedure, said Margaret Manville, District 122 superintendent.
District 843 provides transportation for special education students in District 122. Parents typically buckle students in the buses and District 122 staff unbuckle them when they arrive to school, Manville said.
She said District 843 reviewed the video, which showed the bus aide had hit the student. Manville said the parents of the student were contacted about the incident.
She said she was assured by District 843 that the bus aide has been removed from their position.
“School safety [is] our priority and any service we contract with, we expect school safety is their priority, too,” Manville said.
Sarah Rexroad, District 843 executive director, said there is an ongoing investigation into the occurrence.
She said she could not provide specific information about the incident, and declined to answer questions about how long the investigation has been going on or when the incident took place.
“There’s an ongoing investigation and I cannot comment any further,” Rexroad said.
Calls to the student's parents were not returned Monday.
District 843 provides special education services and transportation for Manhattan District 114, Frankfort District 157-C, Mokena District 159, Summit Hill District 161 and Lincoln-Way High School District 210.
The district has a governing board with representatives from each district that meets the fourth Tuesday of every month.