10-year-old girl with special needs 'brutally' bitten on school bus, family saysPosted: Updated:
The parents of a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl claim their daughter was bitten multiple times by another student while on a school bus.
Lynn Waldron-Moehle, of Green Bay, said her daughter Lillian is developmentally delayed and cannot speak. When Lillian got of the bus on Monday, the young girl was crying inconsolably and holding onto her arm. Her mother tried to calm her down by giving her a bath.
"She loves baths, and that's soothing to her," Waldron-Moehle told WBAY-TV. "So, I brought her home, and I was getting her ready for the bath. I took her sweatshirt off and that's when I noticed the major bruising on her upper arm."
Lillian's parents said another girl on the special-needs bus "brutally" bit their daughter's arm, which caused the bruising. The school principal reportedly told the family that surveillance video of the incident was "gruesome and horrifying to look at."
Waldron-Moehle said her daughter was completely helpless during the attack.
"She couldn't tell them to stop. She couldn't get away, because she's in a five-point harness car seat. She just had to sit there and take it, and the bus driver wasn't stopping," she said.
Green Bay School District Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld released the following statement:
Several administrators and myself immediately reached out to the family and met with them to address their concerns and provide supports to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of our student.
The District is conducting an investigation into the situation and will be working with the bus company to ensure appropriate processes and procedures are in place to prevent this from occurring in the future.
Lilly's father, Chad Waldron, said the entire situation could have been avoided had there been an adult watching over the kids.
"If you can't keep an eye on these kids and they are special needs, you need to bring somebody in you know to be watching if the bus driver can't do it," he said.
The Waldrons said the student who allegedly bit Lillian no longer attends Langlade Elementary.
They plan to speak with a lawyer about the incident.
"I would like to see this not ever happen to another child,” said Waldron-Moehle. “No other child needs to go through what Lilly went through."
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