A Kane County judge has found a Burlington-based Central Unit School District 301 bus aide not guilty of hitting an 8-year-old special needs student almost two years ago.
According to multiple media reports, Jean Micklevitz, 65, had been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a child under 13 in the October 2019 incident.
Kane County Judge David Kliment issued a directed verdict, saying he did not see proof Micklevitz punched the student.
According to initial reports, Micklevitz was the helper on a bus special needs students. As the child got onto the bus, he asked for a juice box, and Micklevitz told him that food and drink are not allowed on the bus. The child refused to move from the bus steps.
Micklevitz had been charged for allegedly dragging to his seat, then striking him in the face multiple times, knocking out two teeth.
The school district fired Micklevitz after the incident.
According to media reports, the boy’s mother is suing Micklevitz and the school district.