Child with autism was choked by another student on Charleston Co. school bus, lawsuit says

Child with autism was choked by another student on Charleston Co. school bus, lawsuit says

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The mother of a child with autism filed a lawsuit in Charleston County Wednesday claiming her child was choked on a school bus.

The child was on a bus headed to Angel Oak Elementary School when the alleged incident happened on May 18, 2016, according to the suit.

According to the lawsuit, the child was, “attacked by another student and was violently choked up against a wall of the bus. The attack continued until the school bus driver physically intervened.”

The suit also states that no agents of the Charleston County School District informed the child’s mother of the alleged attack and the child couldn’t do so because he/she is also nonverbal.

The mother claims it wasn’t until May of 2017, almost a year after the alleged incident, that she found out when she ran into the bus driver who told her about what allegedly happened.

The suit names Durham School Services, Angel Oak Elementary and the Charleston County School District as defendants and claims they were negligent in supervising the child and failed to take proper care of the student.

According to the lawsuit which seeks actual and punitive damages, the district had made a decision before the incident to combine the bus routes of “disciplinary” students and students who have special needs.

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