Police investigate report that nurse beat special needs student on Prince George’s Co. bus

WASHINGTON — Prince George’s County police are investigating reports that a nurse beat an adult special needs student on a school bus earlier this month.

A nurse not employed by the school system beat the special needs students on a school bus in the C. Elizabeth Rieg Regional School lot in Bowie, Maryland, on Sept. 1, Prince Georges County police said Wednesday. The age of the special needs student has not been released, but police confirm it is an adult.

The school system notified investigators about the allegation of physical abuse on Sept. 15, police said. Prince George’s County Superintendent Kevin Maxwell saw a video of the incident on Sept. 14, said school system spokeswoman, Raven Hill.

The woman was allowed to board the bus without anyone verifying who she was, a source told WTOP on the condition on anonymity.

The incident comes weeks after allegations that a school bus aide for Prince George’s County Public Schools molested special needs students on a bus to and from James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland.

Five school district employees are on leave as the investigation continues.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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