Video shows Illinois bus aide hitting autistic child

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NEW LENOX, Ill. — Kayle Rushing, 6, has autism. Seeing a school bus aide strike her enrages her parents. Kayle’s father obtained the video and expressed his frustration.

“My blood boils. I think about it and it just makes me mad. She shouldn’t have to go through that,” he said.

“She’s nonverbal. She can’t come back and be like, Dad, this lady hit me, not just once, she hit me twice.

Kayle’s parents say they found out about the incident when the superintendent of New Lenox School District 122 called them and showed the video earlier this week.

The district’s superintendent emphasized the bus aide is not a district employee and instead works for the district’s bus contractor, which is Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 in Frankfort.

“I cannot provide a specific comment at this time. There is an ongoing investigation of an incident that allegedly occurred on a student school bus,” the executive director said.

Kayle’s parents said the physical contact had an impact on her as she was “acting weird for the next couple of days.”

They emphasize the special challenges that some autistic children might face.

“When she’s having that meltdown, she needs that space. She needs her space and be able to come down and be able to mellow it out herself. And she does it,” Rushing said.

Police said they’re still analyzing the video and conducting interviews.