Elementary school student, Lilly Waldron, came home from school on Monday, May 6, 2019 with huge bruises and bite marks covering one arm. She was bitten multiple times by another student who rode on the bus with her, but since Waldron was strapped into her seat she could not defend herself.
“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,” said Lynn Waldron-Moehle, Waldron’s Mother, to WBAY.
A Lamers Bus Lines representative said to WBAY that there is video recording on all Green Bay school buses, and bus drivers are allowed to step in if and when an altercation happens. “The seat was right behind the bus driver and he couldn’t hear anything going on or see anything? Come on,” said Chad Waldron, Waldron’s Dad to WBAY. He believes this could have been avoided if there was an adult supervising the all-special needs school bus.
In a statement, school district Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld wrote, “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.”
Waldron’s parents say this isn’t the first bad experience she has had on the bus, according to WBAY. They have reason to believe their daughter was undressed completely on the bus by a boy and touched inappropriately about a year ago.
Starting next week, Waldron will be riding in a van alone with two adults to and from school. Her parents say for now, it’s the only solution where she can stay safe. The school district says they are continuing the investigation and will look at bus procedures so this won’t happen again.