Orange County parent says student punched 5-year-old in face on school bus
An alarming uptick in school violence among older children is now being seen in students as young as 5 years old, including at an elementary school in Orange County.
Newly released video of one incident last week shows a 9-year-old girl screaming for help on her Maple Hill Elementary School bus as she was allegedly choked and her friend was slapped and punched in the face.
News 12 first reported on the incident last Friday.
Another parent is coming forward after she says her kindergartener was punched in the face by a student on the bus coming home from the same school.
“When I saw the news, that’s why I decided to reach out to you guys because I haven’t received nothing from nowhere. No phone calls, no message," says Yareska Rosario, of Middletown.
Both parents are critical of the district’s response, saying they’ve received little to no information about what happened.
Last week, the district said the boy involved in the incident with the two girls was appropriately disciplined.
A representative for the Middletown School District reached out Friday night to News 12 saying despite parents claims, families were included in discussions about the incidents and have also been contacted by administration who apologized for their students’ experiences.