Colon revises bus policies in wake of groping allegation


COLON – More information has been released regarding a 15 year old boy who allegedly touched a young girl on a Colon school bus.

According to News Channel 3, police reports show the teen may have touched up to seven girls earlier this year, and court records say that a 15 year old boy was charged with criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly touched some six year old girls.

The reports say the teen spoke with a social worker and said he was playing around with the girls and tickling them, and his hand slipped down. The teen says he did not put his hand under anyone's clothes.

Colon Interim Superintendent Ginny Kowalski issued a release on the school district's Facebook page. She states that in April the Administration and School Board were made aware of an incident on a school bus which alleged inappropriate touching of a young student by another elementary student.

Kowalski says the district cooperated fully with local law enforcement in this investigation. She says the district reviewed and made changes to their protocols to insure the safety of all Colon students.

Kowalski says she and the district's transportation director met with a representative of Dean's Transportation to review the procedures. Changes were made that include students on buses are separated male and female; and younger children sit in the front of the bus.

Additional video cameras were added to every bus and all bus drivers were re-trained on protocols and procedures for handling student discipline matters.

Kowalski also says the bus driver was terminated by Dean's Transportation for failing to properly report the alleged incident and criminal charges were filed against the man.

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