Police are investigating a beating on a school bus that put a first-grader in a hospital two days in a row.
Licking Heights Local Schools officials turned over surveillance from a school bus that captured the incident that allegedly took place on the way to school on Wednesday morning.
The 6-year-old girl’s mother now is asking how the girl could have been assaulted on a bus without someone stopping it.
Tracy Kane’s daughter takes Bus 31 each day from their Blacklick neighborhood.
“There is no aide on the bus,” Kane said. “I’ve asked for an aide on the bus.”
Kane said that on Wednesday morning, her daughter could have used that aide.
“She said, ‘I was on the bus this morning, and as I was walking down the aisle, I pumped a girl with my bookbag. I told her I was sorry, but her sister jumped on me and jumped up on the seat and started stomping on me,’” Kane recounted.
She said two other girls joined in on the alleged attack.
“They beat her from home to school, and no one stopped it,” Kane said.
Kane said her daughter’s face was scratched, her arm was bruised and patches of her hair were pulled out.
According to the mother, when her daughter arrived at school, the bus driver never reported the alleged incident, and her daughter was inside the school all day without anyone asking if she was OK.
Licking Heights Local Schools officials said that they could not comment on the ongoing investigation but did confirm that surveillance cameras on Bus 31 did capture the incident.
10TV News was at the school when the district contacted police to report the incident.
Kane said that she was pleased the district was dealing with the alleged assault, but said she still wants to know why her daughter was left along to suffer on her bus.
“I don’t’ want to ever see or hear that happening to a child again,” Kane said. “I want to see supervision on the bus, regardless of what age supervision.”
Kane said her daughter attended school on Thursday but left early for a visit with her doctor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
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