Autistic Boy Beaten By Bus Driver and Aide
(THE BLAZE) In Bedford County, Virginia, a school bus driver and an aide are being named in a shocking $20 million lawsuit that claims the two abused Timothy Kilpatrick, a young autistic boy, back in 2009.
The women, Alice Davis Holland (the bus driver) and Mary Alice Evans (a special education bus aide) were convicted of assault and battery following the incident, but it seems new problems for the two former district employees are on the horizon.
According to allegations, the Holland and Evans had repeatedly physically abused the then 11-year-old boy. Ryan Edwards, a spokesperson for Bedford County Schools, says that neither of the women have been employed by the district since September of 2009. And WSLS.com has more about the legal penalty they faced for the allegations waged against them:
Holland, of Bedford County, was sentenced to one month of active jail time and another 11 months of suspended time. Evans, of Bedford, received two months of active jail time and 10 months of a suspected sentence.
Interestingly, while the two were charged with misdemeanor assault, a prosecutor dropped a separate felony child abuse charge. Now, the child’s family is taking action of their own.
Allegations and convictions are one thing, but video footage is another. Lawyers for the boy’s father, Thomas Kilpatrick, were apparently able to secure a disturbing bus video through Freedom of Information Act requests. In it, the driver or her assistant can be seen hitting the child with a fly swatter, while at other times choking, kicking and beating him with their bare hands.