MADISON COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A Madison County mom is raising awareness about Tourette’s Syndrome after an incident she said happened this week on a school bus.
Leona Dickerson’s 10-year-old son has Tourette’s Syndrome, which is a condition that causes him to have outbursts outside of his control.
She said that while on the bus ride home from school Monday, her son was humiliated.
Her son, Jacob Bledsoe, has a swearing tic.
“He can’t control it,” said Dickerson.
Dickerson said that the bus driver knows about Bledsoe’s Tourette’s, but still openly scolded him.
“And the bus driver, when he goes to get off the bus, grabs him by the shirt, she pulls him back and tells him that his swearing tics are inappropriate for the bus and for school and that he needed to stop,” said Dickerson. “For a 10-year-old child to not have any control over what his body does, it’s heartbreaking.”
Madison County Schools told LEX 18 that they are investigating.
They released this statement, “After being notified of the situation, the district immediately began an investigation regarding the incident on bus 230 yesterday afternoon. As with any incident of alleged misconduct, the district will conduct a thorough investigation that will include video footage taken from the bus security camera. Any necessary action will be taken immediately at the conclusion of the investigation.”