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2 School Employees Off Job After Bus Incident Involving Kids

The incident between two "very young" students occurred on a METCO bus last week



    Authorities are investigating an incident involving two "very young" elementary school students on a METCO bus, and two school employees in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, are off the job. (Published Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016)

    Lynnfield Police in Massachusetts continue to investigate an incident involving two "very young" students aboard a METCO school bus taking students to and from Summer Street Elementary School. 

    "I can confirm there was an incident on our METCO bus and two employees involved in the program are no longer employed by Lynnfield Public Schools," Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay said Thursday. 

    A spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families confirmed it is looking into it.

    "The department received a report and we are investigating," Andrea Grossman said. 

    According to investigators, the age of the students involved is presenting some issues in the investigating, including proving criminal intent. Investigators said if the students were older, or adults, charges including indecent assault and battery would be under consideration. 

    "I can't believe it, I have been working around here for a year and half and the most we have had is some bad weather and some branches thrown around, never anything like this," Tucker Harding, a Lynnfield resident said. 

    Late Thursday, Superintendent Tremblay identified those terminated as Ms. Leo Masamba, a METCO coordinator and Ms. Wanda Hines, a METCO bus monitor/coordinator. 

    Tremblay said an e-mail was sent home to parents. Citing federal and state law, Tremblay said she couldn't comment on if the students in question had returned to school. 

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