And no, it wasn't the bus aide and the bus driver.
Sexual Behavior Reported On Kindergarten Bus
POSTED: 4:45 pm EST March 27, 2006
UPDATED: 6:07 pm EST March 27, 2006
A New Jersey community is outraged to learn about inappropriate sexual behavior among kindergarten students on their school bus.
Some parents in Point Pleasant, N.J., say the school district didn't respond to the incidents properly.
Some parents are planning to bring the issue up at Monday's school board meeting. They believe the school district has downplayed the situation, but school officials are defending their actions.
"They kind of minimized it," said one mother, who said officials called the incident "child's play."
But one set of parents told NBC 10 what actually happened to their 5-year-old son left him traumatized.
They're furious about how the Point Pleasant School District responded after learning that their child and several other kindergartners engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior on board their school bus.
To protect their son's identity, we are concealing his parents' faces and not using their names.
"I was appalled at the ages of these children that this was going on," said one mother, who asked not be identified.
"This child is the most precious thing I have in this world and how do I send him off to somebody who has lied, minimized, manipulated, this whole situation?" said the father.
"I think the district did everything they could," said Robert Ciliento, Superintendent of Schools.
School administrators say they learned in early January that several incidents involving inappropriate touching had occurred between then and late November.
The kindergartners from Ocean Road School were being driven to an-after care program at another school at the time and officials say the bus driver was unable to see what was happening.
"There was some sexual curiosity going on and once the school district was apprised of it, we asked the children to stop and they stopped," Ciliento said.
The district says it notified the families of the children involved and offered counseling.
But these parents believe officials should have also sent home a letter to the entire school community.
One child has also been excluded from the after-care program because of his alleged role in the incidents, but he still attends school.
Police and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office are not involved in this because this is not a criminal matter.
The district also alerted the state Division Of Youth And Family Services.
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