Driver Pushes 8-Year-Old Special Needs Student Off School Bus
A school bus driver in Florida has been charged with aggravated child abuse after pushing a special needs child off her school bus by kicking her from behind. The incident happened after a physical confrontation occurred after the child said she wanted to get off the bus even though it was not her stop. From Yahoo:
Prosecutors in Florida have released video showing a driver pushing a special-needs child off a school bus with her foot.
The video was released by the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday. The driver, 41-year-old Stephanie Wilkerson, has been charged with aggravated child abuse. A phone number listed for her was disconnected, and it was not immediately known if she had an attorney.
The police stated that the 8-year-old suffered a fractured ankle as a result of this incident.
Here’s the video:
I realize the police say the 8-year-old slapped the driver, there is still no excuse for behavior. While she has the right to defend herself, that isn’t what we see here. She kicks the girl from behind causing her fall, she clearly wasn’t thwarting off an attack. Secondly, a 41-year-old has no business kicking any 8-year-old from behind in any circumstance, particularly when it’s a special-needs child who may be prone to the type of behavior described in the incident.
I hope they find a dark and cold spot under the jail for this woman. She clearly has no business being around children of any kind, let alone special-needs kids.