PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) – A Philadelphia girl’s family is looking for answers. They say she hasn’t been back to school since coming home with bite marks, and she can’t tell them what happened.
The School District tells FOX 29’s Dawn Timmeney they take these kinds of situations very seriously and have been investigating. But the girls family was feeling very frustrated and that’s why they contacted us.
“She’s my world, she’s my everything. Her pain is my pain.”
That is why Frances Kent was so upset when her granddaughter Latasha, who has autism, came home from school two and a half weeks ago with bite marks on her body.
“The bites were so severe it broke her skin,” Kent said.
Latasha had bites on her back and on her shoulder. Her grandmother, who has raised the 12 -year old since birth and has legal custody, rushed her to the emergency room.
“When they lifted up her shirt she had a bite mark on her breast,” she recalled. “I was frantic then, I wanted answers. So I went to school, I called police.”
But Kent says Harding Middle School didn’t have any answers for her as to how or where this happened until Wednesday.
Kent says the school principal told her video from Latasha’s school bus which only serves special needs students shows her granddaughter was bitten on the bus on the way home from school by another girl.
“Where is the monitor? This child is supposed to be monitored. She’s autistic. She can’t tell me anything,” Kent said.
Philadelphia School District Spokesman Fernando Gallard says there was one monitor on the bus who from the video did not appear to see the incident.
“That is something we are going to look into and talk to the monitor about see what she is doing on the bus, how she is spending her time on the bus and make sure she is paying attention to what the kids are doing,” Gallard said.
Latasha was transferred to a new school with a new bus but has not returned since this all happened