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Parents accusing a Keokuk school bus aide of abuse seek answers

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(UPDATE: The accused aide has been found innocent after investigations by the Keokuk Police Department. Click here for the latest information.)

KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -- A school and police investigation continues into allegations that a school bus aide in Keokuk abused some special needs students.

Monday night several parents went before the school board in hopes of getting some answers, but their frustration only grows.

The attorney for one of the parents who've accused the bus aide of abuse addressed the board at the start of its meeting, hoping for an update on the investigation. Board members offered nothing.

Another parent, Cindy Snelson, says her daughter was also abused by the school bus aide.

"She said she was smacked but she was primarily just yelled at and she did witness the other person being hit," said Snelson.

Alice Tripp also addressed the board. She's a former aide who has worked with the driver of the special needs bus and knows the aide who's been accused. She says the situation has been blown out of proportion and the kids have never been in danger.

"I really don't believe it. I've worked with her and I know how she is on the bus," said Tripp.

Snelson and the other parents who attended the meeting say they just want to know where the school district stands with its investigation.

"I'm just hoping to get answers as to whether or not there is cameras and what's going to happen with the aide," said Snelson.

But the parents left knowing nothing more than when they arrived. Snelson says she just wants to know the truth and will continue to stand up for her daughter.

"If my child is lying, she will suffer the consequences. And I will apologize as will she. But I want proof," said Snelson.

The Keokuk Superintendent says the aide has been reassigned to a position away from children pending the results of the investigation, but no one is saying how long that investigation will take.

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