Bus driver charged after literally kicking special needs child off bus
POSTED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 12:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — For the first time, the public is getting look at a video that shows a Florida school bus driver pushing a special needs student off the bus last fall.
On September 28, 2012, Tampa police say 42-year-old Stephanie Wilkerson got mad at the 8-year-old autistic child after the girl slapped and pushed her when Wilkerson told the girl to wait her turn getting off.
Video from a camera mounted on the bus shows the girl standing at the school bus door. Several minutes later, the video shows Wilkerson kicking the girl in the back, forcing the girl to fall, breaking her ankle.
Steve Hegarty with the Hillsborough County school district said, "we have seen the video too, and if a bus driver or teacher makes contact with a student that results in an injury like that we take that very, very seriously."
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