(CBS) – A school aide on a bus was caught on camera slapping a girl with autism, and now the child’s parents are speaking out.
In the surveillance video, 6-year-old Kayle was acting agitated when, it appears, she was struck by the aide.
A school official notified parents Nick Rushing and Madeline Norley about the incident.
“To see someone put their hands on my autistic daughter who can’t defend herself — it was heartbreaking,” Rushing tells CBS 2.
The bus aide is employed through Lincoln Way Special Education District 843 in Frankfort.
A statement from the executive director student safety is the top priority.
The parents say they’re talking about the incident in hopes that it starts a conversation and promotes better training. They say Kayle needed space, not a slap.
The family says they may take legal action.
Police are still analyzing the video and conducting interviews. No charges have been filed.