A Wisconsin bus driver will not face charges after a girl with special needs was bitten on the bus on May 6, police said.
The Green Bay Police Department said on May 14 that the case is still under investigation but that no criminal charges will be filed against the bus driver, reported WBAY.
The driver was piloting a bus when Lillian Waldron, 10, a student at Langlade Elementary School, was bitten multiple times by another student.
The parents of the girl, who said that she has special needs and cannot speak, said that she was crying and in clear pain when disembarking last week.
“My daughter came home from school on a Lamers bus today whining and carrying on holding her arm signing ouchie. She is nonverbal and developmentally delayed. She is the sweetest girl and didn’t deserve this. I noticed when I took her coat off that she had a single bite mark on her forearm. Although it looked kinda like she bit herself so I didn’t think anything of it,” Lynn Waldron-Moehle, Lillian’s mother, wrote on Facebook.
“She was very agitated and not calming down so I thought a nice warm bath would help her. I went to get her ready for the bath. I took her sweatshirt off and finally saw why she was so distraught. Over 9 bite marks all bruised covering her upper arm and shoulder. She was crying and holding her arm still. I took pictures, checked in her backpack, phoned my mom, called the police and I took her to the hospital. No child deserves this.”
The girl’s father, Chad Waldron, said Lillian sits right behind the driver on the bus, which is full of special needs students.
“The seat was right behind the bus driver and he couldn’t hear anything going on or see anything? Come on,” he told WBAY.
“She can’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,” added Waldron-Moehle.
The family is exploring filing a lawsuit against the district. After the incident and another in which they said their daughter was undressed and touched inappropriately, they’re having her ride in a vehicle with two adults to try to make sure she’s safe.
Waldron-Moehle told Fox 35 that footage from a security camera on the bus was watched by the principal of Langlade. “Her principal watched it and said it was gruesome to watch,” she said.
“I want changes to be made,” Waldron added. “So other children do not need to go through what my daughter Lillian has.”
Horrible. Lillian Waldron, 10, goes to Langlade Elementary School. Her mother said she is developmentally delayed and cannot speak. https://t.co/XugyKLCJgS
— Alexis McAdams ABC-7 (@AlexisMcAdamsTV) May 10, 2019
Facebook users commenting on the mother’s post reacted to the pictures of the bite marks.
“Wow that is horrible … I’m so sorry this happened to your little girl … uncalled for,” wrote one.
“Oh my god this is awful!! I am so sorry for your little girl this is terrible … We went through something similar to this my daughter was stabbed with a pencil. On the school bus we immediately reported it to the bus driver then to the school attendant then we called the police and do you want to know what the bus driver stated he said he wasn’t a babysitter,” said another, noting that her family began homeschooling their children.
“So, the bus driver didn’t notice a child/children surrounding this little girl? Are we sure it happened on the bus & not in the school?? Do not the kids with disabilities ride toward the front? If so, why not? It would be for their protection. Needless to say, something needs to be done…this is unacceptable,” added another.
“Prayers file a lawsuit we need to change things. This can’t be happened to our children. This is my greatest worry about my son. He is nonverbal as well. Prayers,” added another.