Huntley School District 158 responds to report of bus aide hitting student

Mother says aide slapped pre-K daughter 'across the face'

HUNTLEY – Huntley School District 158 officials said they received a report of a bus aide “making physical contact” with a student while on a school bus.

Rosa White, who identified herself as a mother whose daughter attends pre-kindergarten in Lake in the Hills and rides Huntley School District 158 buses, said in an email that a male bus aide slapped her daughter “across the face.”

“It was caught on the bus camera,” White said.

District 158 Superintendent John Burkey shared some information about the incident in a news release posted on the district’s website Saturday.

“Many members of the community have seen and reacted to media reports about an incident involving an employee’s conduct on a school bus,” the release states. “Many have called for more information from the district. This message serves to share as much information as we are able to at this time.”

The release goes on to confirm that the district received a report of a bus aide making physical contact with a student on a school bus, and the employee no longer is in contact with other students.

The district defines a bus aide as someone who assists the bus driver by ensuring that children are secured in child safety restraints, by riding with students and supporting students with any special needs.

The incident was isolated to one student on one bus, and the district “made a full disclosure” to the parent of what was recorded, according to the release.

“We understand that reports such as that seen on the news are deeply troubling and upsetting to families, as they are to us,” the release states. “Student safety is always our No. 1 priority.”

All allegations of misconduct toward District 158 students are investigated thoroughly and referred to appropriate authorities, according to the release.

In the release, district officials declined to provide specifics about the incident or comment on the aide’s employment status.

Lake in the Hills police are investigating the incident and did not respond to calls seeking comment Saturday.

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to call the Lake in the Hills Police Department or District 158’s office.

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