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Parents of a 4-year-old boy with special needs say they were told video from a school bus shows their son being molested.
They were told the same thing happened to another child on the bus.
PGCPS confirmed the aide and his supervisor are on administrative leave.
A school bus aide allegedly molested special education, pre-kindergarten children on a Prince George’s County school bus.
The parents of a 4-year-old boy with special needs said Child Protective Services alerted them to the situation. They were told bus cameras caught the abuse and they were shown enough video to identify their son, but they have not seen the alleged abuse.
“I don't understand why he's not locked up if they got him on video molesting my son,” the boy’s father said.
The parents said they were told the same thing happened to another child on the bus.
The children involved have verbal delays and trouble communicating.
“My son might say one or two words, but he does not say sentences at all, and I saw something change, but I just didn’t think of that,” the boy’s mother said.
The bus was carrying students from James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland. An unrelated investigation found students in the school’s Head Start program were forced to hold objects over their heads for a long time as punishment in June.
Prince George’s County Police confirmed they are investigating the incident, which was reported to CPS May 24 and to police June 20. The boy reported more information to police in August, according to sources. The boy's father said the incident happened in November.
PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said he didn't find out until August, when school started.
"When I became aware of it, I had those folks placed on administrative leave,” he said. “I can't act on what I don't know."
Many parents say they're struggling to understand why the school district's leader didn't know about the allegations.
Prince George’s County Public Schools confirmed the aide and his supervisor are on administrative leave. The driver of the bus is no longer with the school system, a source close to the investigation told News4.
“We did everything possible to try and protect our kid,” the boy’s father said. “We are there at the first day of school, at the bus stop, meeting the teachers. We did everything, and he still got molested.”
Seven months ago, the community was horrified after learning a former teacher’s aide was reportedly sexually abusing students at another county school.