JPSO investigating complaint about school bus incident

JPSO investigating complaint about school bus incident

MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Public School System confirmed Thursday that it has turned over to the Sheriff's Office a complaint about an alleged incident on a school bus and fired the bus driver.

A spokesperson for Estelle Elementary School in Marrero would only say that the complaint was submitted to the JPSO for investigation.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said school intervention officials are reviewing the incident, saying only that it was an incident on a bus involving a two girls and a 13-year-old boy.

The JPPSS released the following statement Thursday evening:

"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."

While JPSO won't confirm it, FOX 8 spoke to a woman who said that she and her adult daughter are the ones who made that complaint to Estelle Elementary. She said the complaint was made after a 13-year-old boy sexually assaulted her granddaughter on a school bus.

"If it wouldn't have been for that woman knocking on my daughter's door, she would have never knew," the woman said.

FOX 8 is not showing the woman face to protect the identity of the children involved. She said a woman came to her daughter's door Thursday morning and told her about the incident.

"[The boy] had drug the kids to the back of the bus and made them do things to his, you know, that they shouldn't have did," she said.

The woman said she then went to the school, where detectives were interviewing both young girls.

"Jefferson Parish needs to do something with this little boy so he can stop doing what he's doing before somebody gets really, really hurt," she said.

She said two girls, ages 5 and 6, were taken to Children's Hospital for tests after detectives advised the family to do so. And she feels her 5-year-old granddaughter is scarred by the ordeal.

"She's 5 years old," she said. "She's never seen a man's body part. Now my daughter has to explain to her all of that. That's crazy. They're supposed to be enjoying life, playing with dolls. Now, she's going to have to go to counseling. And that's going to be rough on her."

"It's a shame you can't even have your own kids go to school without fearing for their life or their safety," said Jason Miljavich, who has children who attend Estelle Elementary.

"A little girl like that - a kindergartener, if I'm not mistaken - it's sad," Miljavich said. "It makes me very angry. Very, very angry."

"I want to know what was on the [bus surveillance] tape," said the woman. "I don't want to see it, just give me a little hint."

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