Grandmother posts warning of alleged sexual assault on Jefferson Parish school bus

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MARRERO, La. (WGNO) – A concerned grandmother took to Facebook Thursday describing very disturbing and sexually explicit acts that she says happened on a Jefferson Parish public school bus. She is also urging parents to talk to their kids in case there are more victims.

"I'm hurt. Because you put your child on that school bus and that school bus driver is supposed to be responsible for that child," the grandmother of one of the alleged victims told WGNO.

The Westwego grandmother says she fears her five-year-old granddaughter, who is a kindergarten student at Estelle Elementary, may be damaged for life after being sexually assaulted by a seventh grader on the bus.

"My daughter gets a knock at the door, it's a young lady with a son and she tells my daughter, 'I need to tell you something. My son told me he was fooled with on the bus,'" the grandmother said.

She says the young boy identified her granddaughter as another alleged assault victim.

“He was dragging them by the hair down the middle aisle of the bus,” the grandmother recounted what she was told. “I just want it to stop.”

The story spread when the grandmother took her anger to Facebook, posting a video warning in hopes of getting the message to other families who might have children on that bus.

"I went on Facebook and put it out and I don't care if nobody likes me or not because there are other kids on that bus!” she said.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, the video the grandmother posted had nearly 200,000 views and more than 10,000 shares.

She believes up to ten children may have been victims, both boys and girls.

"I think he picked on the weak ones. But my thought is: There were other 7th graders on there, why couldn't somebody stop him?" she said.

The grandmother says that her daughter checked her granddaughter out of school early Thursday and was later called back to meet with detectives, school authorities and the bus driver.

"My daughter said the principal told the bus driver, 'I take care of a thousand kids a day -- you can't watch 40 children on your bus?' and that's when she left," she said.

The grandmother says detectives told her daughter to take the five-year-old to Children’s Hospital, so she could be checked out by doctors.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System issued a statement, saying that as a result of this reported incident, counselors will be at the school Friday. It also said that the driver of the bus in question "...will no longer drive for the Jefferson Parish Public School System."

Read the full statement below:

We were made aware today of a reported incident that occurred on a First Student bus involving Estelle students.

We took quick and decisive action including reporting the reported incident to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is now with the Sheriff’s Office and district officials are cooperating fully. The bus driver in this reported incident has been removed from the route and will no longer drive for the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

The safety and well being of our children is of utmost importance. As a result of this reported incident, a team of counselors will be at the school tomorrow to meet with students if needed.

Colonel John N. Fortunato with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said, "this matter was brought to our attention today and we are now conducting an investigation into the allegations."

5 comments

  • Stacy Decossas

    A few weeks ago my 7th grader, who is in Catholic School on the westbank, was picked up from school by a substitute First Student bus driver at 3pm. Usually she gets home at 3:10. She finally got home around 5:30. For two hours i frantically called the school and Jefferson Parish transportation trying to find my child. The bus driver’s excuse was she lived on the eastbank and didn’t know the area. At 5:15 my daughter and three younger students were put out of the bus behind a Dollar General 1/2 mile from our house. My daughter made sure the little ones got home and walked the whole 1/2 mile with a heavy school bag and an alto saxophone. The driver said that she was in a time crunch and didn’t have time to drive into our neighborhood. Instead of fighting with the driver, my daughter just got off with the little ones. I spoke to First Student AND JP Transportation and was told that it was “going to be handled”. That’s code for doing nothing except for getting mad parents off the phone. First Student told me that the woman was new and had only worked for 2 weeks when this happened. It shouldn’t matter how long an adult is driving to know that this was irresponsible and dangerous. It’s sad when a 7th grader is more mature than the bus driver. Now, if there is a substitute bus driver, my daughter and several other children go to the office and call home. She will never get on a First Student bus again. I’ve seen First Student bus drivers running red lights with kids in the bus, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes and making illegal turns. I’m so sorry this happened to these Estelle students . Hopefully, Jefferson Parish will wise up and dump these losers before anymore children are put in danger.

    • melissa

      Wat is wrong with adults these days cuz not only are the bus drivers letting kids off the buses , the teachers leave kids in rooms by their self or just ignore them . Plus they dont do anything to kids if their bullying another kid. I mean none of those people that work in that profession & dont care about wats goin . & I no they dont get paid enough to do wat they do but if they dont care about the students then they need to go else where . U can trust ur kids to go to schools anymore cuz so many things go wrong or tend to be unsafe . Its really sad.

  • Denise Weems

    I think it’s time for the schools to put a security guard on each bus with all drivers,so kids get home safe too assure that none are left on buses , that none are raped by drivers or other students.,or beat up by bully’s ..Put cameras on ceilings an floors so that you see everyone from all angles at all time. have someone watching the monitor..Keep all little ones up front like in old day and assign seats to each person. put alarms that warm when a belt is unfastened.alarm systems to monitor.It is hard for one person to keep their eyes on everyone while trying to be a safe drivers paying attention to the roads. Kids scream and cut up so it’s hard to know if someone is in trouble or in harms way ,With all the evil people in this world it’s hard to know the thoughts of evil minds and where they are lurking. Their are in schools .homes , stores , offices, hospitals, parks, apartments, campsites, work places ,yes even Tv folks.Do what you can to protect all the innocent .from evil thinkers and doers .Just think this kid lives somewhere outside of school how many has he harmed in his neighbor hood and family ??? It’s just not a school problem question his parents and neighbor sisters brothers,uncles friends i bet he was molested as a child .This is not an excuse for him by no means but when they say he’s messing with both sex he has been molested peeps and someone failed him and this is the result of someone eles sin tha cause harm to him as well… This is a real sick problem AMERICA…WE BETTER TURN BACK TO SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD ASKING FORGIVENESS OF OUR SINS AND TURNING AWAY FROM THEM ( REPENT <REPENT!!!

  • Evangelist

    I AM so sorry that this happened to those children I’m in tears

    Solution
    Bus monitors are needed on the buses..

    Bus drivers have to focus on the safety of traveling
    getting the students to and from their destinations

    it is impossible for them to see each and everything that goes on on the bus

    bus monitors are needed!
    which need to be hired from the School Board offices in all parishes

    I thank God i was able to drive my own children to and from school

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