Photos of a Pennsylvania boy with Down syndrome sparked national outrage.
Now, the 7-year-old’s mother is trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong on a school bus after her son came home with a black eye and bloody face.
Elizabeth Aguero, 52, told People she doesn’t know what led to Michael Perrin’s injuries along his face, and his school reportedly won’t allow her to see the surveillance video from the incident.
Aguero told the outlet she got a call from Resica Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and that officials explained that they didn’t know exactly what happened on the school bus but that her son fell and he was badly wounded from the incident.
When the mother arrived at Resica, she was horrified by what she witnessed. She recalled:
“They told me there was an incident and that my son was bleeding. I needed to get there immediately and [they asked], ‘Should [we] call an ambulance?’ It’s hard to describe. It was horrible. It was hard to see my baby covered in blood.”
Aguero wanted to know exactly how Perrin fell, but she said the school refused to release the bus’s surveillance video.
The 7-year-old doesn’t speak, so he can’t tell them what happened. According to school officials, the boy with Down syndrome fell head first off his school bus and suffered fractures to his face from the fall on June 5.
Eventually, the mom filed a police report, and the school was subpoenaed to release the video of the incident to authorities. As a result, Aguero was finally able to see footage from the incident.
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Please help us get #justiceformichael on Wednesday June 5, 2019 he went to school fine and because of negligence of the school got rushed to the hospital and now looks like this ..he supposedly fell from the top step of the bus and cracked his face on the concrete ….this has my family is mentally and physically distraught he has 2 fractures in his face and still don’t know what’s going on with his eye they don’t want to be held accountable and won’t release the video footage without a subpoena and no lawyers where we live will touch the case without the footage so we have no choice but to try and make this go viral so we can get the justice we need please tag all outlets anyone and everyone you know so we can make this go viral and have justice for my baby brother with Down syndrome he’s speech impaired I will be his voice we need nothing but to help make this go viral so we can get the justice we deserve all parties must be held accountable this happened on Wednesday in East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania at Resica elementary school #cardib #downsyndrome #jasonlee #hollywoodunlocked #pix11news #wnep16 #thereal #theview #thewendywilliamsshow #viral #goodmorningamerica #inayahlamis #jenniferlopez #jimmykimmel #yvettenoelschure #attyrubenstein #claudiagharibian #worldnewstonight #tmz #naacp #ocasiocortez #kimkardashian #vanlathan #kyliejenner #monicabrown
Aguero accused the school staff of being negligent with her son with special needs. She tearfully said:
“I don’t want this to happen to another kid. Another kid may not survive this.”
“I want better training. Michael is not the first, but I want him to be the last. No one should have immunity against child negligence. That was total negligence. Michael is a special needs child. I want justice.”
The East Stroudsburg Area School District did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.