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Sumner Co. mother says son was assaulted on school bus

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PORTLAND, TN (WSMV) -

A Sumner County mother is outraged and demanding answers. She said her little boy is suffering from nightmares after he was assaulted on the school bus.

And she said the bus driver did nothing to stop the alleged attack on her first-grader.

"Another, older boy had forced him down in the seat and proceeded to kiss him multiple times and the other kid lifted up his shirt and kissed him on his upper shoulder," said the Portland mother.

The mother said she suspects the other child, a second-grader at J. W. Wiseman Elementary School, may have done this before.

"What if there's been other children that have been hurt?" she asked.

Portland police continue to investigate but declined an interview. Officials for Sumner County Schools also declined an interview but said the bus does not have cameras onboard.

So, for now, the best evidence could be the little boy's statement.

"He tried his best to kick him off, but he said the other boy was too big and he just couldn't do it," the mother said.

The mother created a Facebook page over the weekend on which she makes a plea for "justice" in a push to better protect her son in a place where parents trust the school system to do that for them.

"We need to know that our school officials have our children's safety as their top priority," she said.

The Department of Children's Services is also investigating the claims.

The school enacted a safety plan to keep the two students apart, but the mother said she is not satisfied with that and is pursuing an order of protection.

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