CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC – The Chesterfield County School District says it’s making some changes after video surfaced showing a 4-year-old special needs girl being assaulted by a fellow student on the school bus.
An attorney for the 4-year-old South Carolina girl’s family released the video of the assault.
In the video, you can hear the cries coming from the non-verbal and autistic child on the school bus as she is assaulted by a 9-year-old boy.
He is seen punching and slapping her as she screams in pain.
She’s strapped in by a harness and cannot move. The bus driver continues to drive.
When he reaches her stop, he tells the little girl’s parent that he didn’t know what was wrong or why she was crying.
“I have no idea what could be wrong with her,” he’s heard saying on camera.
An incident report says the 4-year-old’s parents notified the school and police after seeing bite marks, bruises and a swollen lip on their daughter.
The incident happened back in November, but the family’s attorney says they wanted to come forward now.
He sent a statement saying the child’s family is concerned why there was no monitor on the bus that day to help watch the students.
I took the parent’s concerns to the Chesterfield County School District. They’re saddened to learn of the situation and say they are taking steps to make sure something like that does not happen again by looking at options to have monitors in buses.
They went on to say that the driver is on administrative leave during the investigation.
Officers with the State Department of Education says there’s no state requirement for monitors to be on special needs buses.
“It’s up to the local school district if they would like to have an attendant on these buses,” said Matt Orr.
The bus driver has since been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.
As for the 9-year-old aggressor, authorities say he is too young to face charges but is undergoing mental health counseling.