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Children under 10 involved in bus incident

March 24, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - An inappropriate incident happened Tuesday on a District 88 school bus.

Two boys - a second-grader and a third-grader - reportedly pushed a kindergartner against the wall, or window, of the bus, demanding that she take off her pants.

According to a KEYC TV story, they bit her when she did not comply.

The incident was reported to the principal's office, and investigated by school officials "who proceeded to take care of the situation," Superintendent Harold Remme said Friday.

Remme said that because of the age of the children involved - all under 10 - he could not provide details on the disciplinary action taken.

But he expressed confidence that the action was "appropriate."

The district "made bus route adjustments" to prevent a recurrence of the incident, said Remme.

The girl returned to school on Friday, added Remme.

Remme said follow-up measures will be taken by the school and other agencies; and school councilors will be working with students "in the upcoming days and weeks."

Children under the age of 10 cannot be held criminally responsible under state law.

One of the girl's parents shared the story with KEYC TV, but later declined to appear on camera.

Tuesday's incident marks a second instance of negative publicity for the school district this year, following an earlier report of a game with sexual overtones played by fifth-graders.



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