Sexual assault claims on school bus under investigation

Sedgwick County Sheriff (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating claims of a sexual assault on a school bus returning from a field trip Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Jeff Easter says the assault involved two students. One was a victim. The bus was returning to St. Mark’s School in Colwich from Topeka, and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s office.

The school’s event calendar, shows the first and third graders were on a field trip Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the middle school was on an all-day field trip to Topeka.

Renwick Schools released the following statement Friday morning about the incident:

I can confirm that an incident involving students occurred on a St. Marks bus yesterday. The bus was returning from a field trip when the incident occurred. The administration was made aware of the incident and has followed BOE policies and State Statutes in handling the situation. The investigation is ongoing, and we are working with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office. In protecting student confidentiality we can’t provide any additional details surrounding the incident. Renwick is a great district, St. Marks has a strong tradition of excellence, and we have outstanding students. Right now the district focus is on making sure that our students have their social, emotional, and educational needs met. As always our first priority is the safety and security of our students.