Police investigating after mother accuses Lynchburg bus aide of beating her son


UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.

The Lynchburg Police Department said officers are now investigating the incident that involved a student with special needs and a school bus aide.

"Lynchburg City School officials are fully cooperating with us as we work to resolve this matter," they wrote in a release. "This incident remains under investigation by the police department and we will provide updates when they become available."


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg City Schools has released a statement in response to allegations of employee misconduct.

A mother accused a bus aide of beating her son with Autism.

Trenika Massie said her son, Travell, was on the bus on his way home from Perrymont Elementary School Thursday when he had an episode and had trouble getting off the bus.

The next morning, Massie said she noticed marks on her seven-year-old's head and asked him what happened. He told her the bus aide hit him.

Massie said she was shown video from the bus and that she saw the aide hitting her son and heard her son screaming.

She claims the school system told her they were wrong and sorry.

On Thursday, Dr. Crystal Edwards, the Lynchburg superintendent, said she would not comment on the case because it is a personnel matter.

Friday, the school system's response reiterated that it was a personnel matter.

"Lynchburg City Schools takes all allegations of employee misconduct very seriously. The safety and security of our children is our top priority, thus each allegation is thoroughly investigated by school officials and if needed, in cooperation with the Lynchburg Police Department and Child Protective Services," a school spokesperson said in the statement.

They said administration could not comment on the specific details, but that they have "taken the appropriate action as per our school board policy GBEZ on Standards of Conduct for Employees."

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