Noblesville, IN - According to Fishers (Indiana) Police, if the school bus is a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’. This after they determined that sexual intercourse occurring on a school bus between a 13-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl – both students at the Indiana School for the Deaf – was ‘consensual.’
On February 1, the two children were being transported on a Nobleville School’s bus. Although two adults on the bus – the driver and a bus aide – did not notice the sexual activity, it was captured on the bus’ video surveillance camera. The adults did eventually realize what was going on and, after bringing it to a halt, reportedly delivered the children as planned.
Immediately after the incident was reported, Noblesville Schools released a statement. Among the standard damage control tripe was this:
“The children involved are safe and have returned to the classroom. The two adults assigned to the bus in which the incident occurred have been removed from active duty pending further investigation.”
Fishers police conducted that investigation. Their findings? The bus driver and bus aide will not face charges because the height of the seats precluded their being able to observe the children and… the sex between the children was consensual. Case closed.
Oddly, the family of the 8-year-old girl is not so quick to move on.
“What happened to the victim here was child molestation and/or rape,” said Robert King Jr., attorney for the girl’s family. “That a victim, especially one 8 years old, sometimes succumbs to a more powerful perpetrator should never be regarded as consent and is not the law in Indiana.”
The Fishers Police department is, as yet, unmoved by their concerns – refusing to answer any further questions on the matter.
When contacted by local news media, the Indiana School for the Deaf reportedly responded by saying that it is their job to take care of the kids while they are in school, but it is the job of the Noblesville School District to take care of them while they are on the bus.
Since the matter has been reported, it appears that a public outcry is building. It remains to be seen if that outcry will fall on deaf ears.