Father heartbroken by video of bus aide slapping 6-year-old daughter

Chicago area bus aide slaps autistic girl (NBC News)

CHICAGO, IL (WFLA) — Police are investigating a disturbing video that shows a school bus aide hitting a young girl with autism near Chicago.

The video shows the aide slapping Kayla Rushing, 6, in the face not once, but twice.

Kayla, who is non-verbal couldn’t tell her parents what had happened.

They found out about the incident from the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122, who called them and showed them the video. School administrators say they noticed something was wrong when the aide carried Kayla off the bus, and decided to review surveillance.

“To see it happen and to actually see that video you know, it, it’s flabbergasting,” the child’s father, Nick Rushing told NBC Chicago. “Very grateful to the school for you know, doing what they did-—they could easily have swept it under the rug. You know, it’s not very hard with an autistic child who’s non-verbal.”

“She is an awesome kid and she is super sweet and for this to happen as a dad it almost feels like I failed her, to see that video I don’t think I have ever been more mad in my life,” he said.

While Kayla did not suffer any physical injuries, the incident affected how she responds to strangers, Rushing said.

“It kind of changed her personality on things,” he said. “She doesn’t want anything to do with people she doesn’t know.”

According to WGN Chicago, the bus aide works for a different district and is contracted to provide transportation. A spokesperson for Lincoln-Way Area Special Education District 843 where she works, told WGN News, “I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an ongoing investigation regarding an incident that allegedly.”

New Lenox School District 122 released a statement saying:

“Student safety is our first priority and we expect any service the district contracts with to fully comply with this priority.”

No charges have been filed at this time.

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