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Mother sues Durham School Services after alleged assault of special needs child on bus

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) - The parent of a 12-year-old special needs child is suing Durham School Services for an alleged assault that occurred on a bus in March, according to the lawsuit.

The mother, Collette Middleton stated in the lawsuit that the harassment occurred on March 16, 2018 when her child was surrounded by other students on the bus. The lawsuit states that the harassment did escalate to an assault where numerous students began to punch, beat and kick the minor while she was defenseless.

Durham promised on its website that "Our number one goal is to provide the safest transportation possible for students who ride our buses," but the driver failed to intervene to stop the beating of the child, according to the lawsuit. 

According to the lawsuit, the incident was captured on video, and the bus company was irresponsible on their end in failing to properly hire, train, supervise, or monitor its driver. 

The MUSC medical records contained within the lawsuit, stated the girl suffered from severe symptoms of a concussion, symptoms of nausea and headaches. 

Middleton is seeking actual and punitive damages from a jury.

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