Special Needs Transportation

Teens convicted, bus driver charged in special-needs student assault

Posted on July 29, 2011

APPOMATTOX, Va. — Two teenage boys charged with assaulting a 10-year-old special-needs student on an Appomattox school bus in May have pled guilty.

The 15- and 16-year-olds received 60 days at Lynchburg's Juvenile Detention Center and probation, the maximum sentence allowed for their assault and battery and disorderly conduct convictions, ABC 13 WSET-TV reports.

The teens have also been banned from contacting the victim or his family. The victim was on his way home from school in Lynchburg at the time of the assault.

The driver of the bus, Nancy Davis, was charged with felony child neglect, The Roanoke Times reports. On July 18, charges against Davis were certified by a judge.

On an hour-long video taken by the bus' security camera, Davis can be heard speaking with the children during the assault, but she does not go back into the passenger area to confront them, according to The Roanoke Times. The victim of the assault can be intermittently heard yelling "no" and "stop."

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