A bus aide for Burlington School District 301, who was charged with felony aggravated battery of a child which knocked out two teeth, told police the boy “slammed his head against my hand,” according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports released after a Freedom of Information Act request.
But when a Department of Children and Family Services caseworker spoke to the boy, he said “that he was trying to bite (the aide's) fist as it was coming towards him,” the report stated.
The charges against Jean M. Micklevitz, 63, of the 300 block of South Street, Burlington, stemmed from an incident Oct. 2 in which she was accused of striking an 8-year-old special needs boy in the face.
Micklevitz was released after posting $3,000 bail, 10% of the $30,000 bond that was set. Her next court date is Nov. 22 for a preliminary hearing.
The sheriff’s office denied a request for the surveillance video from the bus, but records that were released included a written report by a deputy who had viewed it.
According to sheriff’s reports, Burlington School District Bus No. 84 went to pick up the boy in front of his residence at 7:30 a.m. in the 41W700 block of Russell Road, Plato Township.
The video showed the boy resisting Micklevitz’s and the bus driver’s efforts to get him into his seat, the report stated.
“Both are seen pulling on clothing, arms and legs, making every effort to get (the boy) into his seat physically,” according to the deputy’s report of the video. “Ms. Micklevitz is heard several times screaming at (him) to get into his seat.”
While the driver was attempting to call the district’s transportation office, “It was at this time it appeared that Ms. Micklevitz made affirmative movements possibly hitting (the boy) in the mouth with her right arm. (The boy’s) screaming and crying increased at this point,” according to the deputy’s report of the bus video.
The boy “was also heard saying that Ms. Micklevitz hit him, with Ms. Micklevitz quickly denying it,” according to the deputy’s report of the bus video.
'Blood all over'
The boy’s mother told deputies that when she got on the bus after the incident “there was blood all over (his) clothes and in the seat area,” reports stated.
The bus driver said she observed Micklevitz’s right arm “make a punching motion two times … more of a short, quick, forward movement,” reports stated.
“Immediately after that (the boy) started to cry and yell out that Jean knocked out his tooth,” according to the bus driver, reports stated. “She originally heard Jean say to him that he hit his head on the window, but he yelled back that Jean punched him. … Jean told (the boy’s mother) that he lost a tooth because he hit his face on her arm.”
The incident began when the boy’s mother told Micklevitz and the bus driver that he had not had any breakfast, and asked if she could open a juice box for him, according to the sheriff’s report.
The aide told the mother that food and drink were not allowed on the bus, according to reports.
In a statement from Micklevitz, the boy’s mother had said she had him in restraints for an hour before taking him to the bus. According to the mother’s statement to deputies, the boy “had calmed down and I felt he was appropriate for (the) bus,” reports stated.
'I have no formal training'
Micklevitz’s statement to deputies described a chaotic situation where the boy would not sit in his seat, but was on the bus floor and yelling.
“We said (the boy) had to sit in his seat or get off the bus,” according to Micklevitz’s statement.
“Mom said he wasn’t getting off the bus. We tried to move (him) toward his seat, which seemed to upset him. Then mom told us to shut the door,” according to Micklevitz’s statement.
“Now we have a child lying like a puddle on the floor, yelling. I have no formal training for issues like this. I have no idea what to do next,” according to Micklevitz’s statement. “We (she and the bus driver) tried to physically pick (him) up and put him in his seat. Then he tried to bite me. We continued to try to put him in his seat. He tried to bite me a couple more times.”
According to Micklevitz’s interview with deputies, she said she believed the boy’s tooth came out one of the times he tried to bite her.
When Micklevitz reached over to buckle the boy's seat belt, he unbuckled it; when she reached over to buckle it again, the boy tried to bite her again, she wrote in her statement.
“When I withdrew my hand … (he) said I knocked his tooth out. (It was loose already.)” Micklevitz wrote in her statement.
She got a tissue to wipe blood from his mouth, located his tooth and gave it to his mother, Micklevitz wrote in her statement.
The bus driver’s statement to deputies echoed the bus driver’s frustration. They told the boy’s mother that he could not stay on the bus if he was going to behave like that, but the mother stated that they had to take him.
“Then she walks away, knowing that Jean and I was going to have to handle (him) while he was kicking and screaming and throwing himself on the floor,” according to the bus driver’s statement.
'A bloodcurdling scream'
Micklevitz told the driver to pick up the boy’s feet, but when she tried to do that, the boy kicked the driver in the face.
Micklevitz told the driver to call the transportation department’s base. While the driver was doing that, the boy “started screaming so loud I couldn’t hear (the transportation) base,” according to the driver’s statement. “I saw Jean’s arm move quickly toward (the boy) and Jean was saying don’t bite then I heard (the boy) say you hit me.”
According to the deputy’s review of the video, while the boy is yelling and crying, Mickelvitz makes two quick jabbing motions toward the boy, who then, “lets out a bloodcurdling scream.”
While Micklevitz is attempting to mop up the blood with napkins, the boy’s mother came on the bus and stated, “Oh my god, his tooth fell out,” to which Micklevitz replied, “He slammed his head against my hand.” The boy then states, “No, you punched me!” the deputy’s report of the video stated.
The boy’s top left front tooth was loose but the bottom tooth was not loose at all, according to a sheriff’s report.
The mother took her son to a pediatric dentist, reports stated.
According to the dentist’s report, the baby tooth on the bottom was ready to come out and “no abnormal force would be needed to knock out the tooth.”
The dentist also stated there would be no long term effects of losing two baby teeth and that there were no injuries to the boy’s other teeth or gums.