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Mom wants answers after bus aide seen hitting autistic son

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PASCO COUNTY, FL - Lori Lamb tells News Channel 8 she's lost all trust in the Pasco County School District. A bus camera captured a bus aide hitting her 10-year-old autistic son, Jeffery. When Lamb saw the video, she broke down.

"He's a big man," Lori said. "He's not some 98 pound weakling. He's 57 years old. Shame on him."

The disturbing video shows the man, investigators tell us is James Lambert, hitting the boy, threatening him with a fist, and then slapping him again. Lambert is out of jail on bond and facing child abuse charges. For now, Lambert is on administrative leave. The school board will vote on his termination June 17. In the meantime, we're digging into Lambert's record. 
 
Linda Cobb, a spokesperson with Pasco County Schools, tells us Lambert doesn't have other blemishes on his record. We asked if the district plans to start reviewing bus video, considering kids with autism aren't the best at communicating issues.

"Let me be clear," Cobbe said. "This was an isolated incident."

The district still hasn't released one angle of the bus video. Cobbe tells us we could get that sometime this week.


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