Shocking video: Restrained autistic teen brutally beaten by another child as bus monitor quietly knits
Disturbing video from a school bus in Florida appears to show a child beating another child who is autistic — while a bus monitor quietly knits.
According to video aired by local WPBF, a 13-year-old boy walks right passed the bus monitor and twice begins pounding the autistic child with his fists. The attack happened in March of 2013, and the victim’s mother has filed a lawsuit after the case kept moving between law enforcement agencies and the school district refused to give her a copy of the video, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“These are the most vulnerable children in our society. These are the special-needs kids who need constant care and attention,” attorney Imran Malik told the Sentinel. “The people they were entrusted to failed to do that.”
The victim was strapped into his seat and couldn’t escape because of a safety harness he was required to wear. The bus was carrying special needs children, the Sentinel reports.
“This is a bullying case,” attorney Neely Peden, told the Sentinel. “We have lots of questions for the Seminole County School Board.”
But officials with the Seminole County School Board declined to comment, citing pending litigation. The victim’s mother is suing for $15,000.
According to WPBF, it was the bus driver who finally stopped the bus and stopped the attack. A passerby noticed a problem on the bus and flagged down a police officer, who found the victim “inconsolable,” according to the Sentinel. The child was taken to the hospital.
According to the paper, he still suffers emotionally from the incident.