Special Needs Transportation

Former School Bus Aide Gets Jail Time for Attacking Autistic Student

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on September 8, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. — A former school bus aide who pleaded guilty to assaulting a student with autism on the bus has been sentenced to jail.

As previously reported, Monica Burke was charged in December 2016 with 24 counts of felony assault against an at-risk person, and 14 counts of misdemeanor neglect of an at-risk person for attacks on the student, who was 20 years old at the time. School bus video from August 2016 reportedly showed Burke kicking and punching the student, hitting him with a seat belt, and spraying Lysol in his face. St. Vrain Valley School District immediately placed Burke on administrative leave when the incidents were first reported, and she no longer works for the district, 9 News reports.

Judge Ingrid Bakke ordered Burke to serve 20 months in jail, five years of probation, and 360 hours of community service, CBS 4 reports. Burke pleaded guilty to second-degree assault against an at-risk person as well as third-degree assault, according to 9 News.

The school district agreed to change their policies and procedures, and reached a settlement with the boy’s family for $3.85 million in conjunction with an insurance company, according to CBS 4. The family’s attorney said that those changes include “greater monitoring of students, longer retention periods of video, and most important a higher level of education with dealing with disabled and autistic community.”

Related Topics: aide/monitor, autism, Colorado

Nicole Schlosser Managing Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
The NCST’s writing committees are seeking subject matter experts and public comment as they prepare for the 2020 Congress. Murrell Martin (shown left) and Bill Loshbough are shown here leading a discussion at NCST 2015.
News

NCST Writing Committees Seek Input

The National Congress on School Transportation’s writing committees are seeking subject matter experts and public comment as they prepare for the 2020 Congress. 

News

Aide Accused of Abusing Special-Needs Student

Arthur Carlos of California is reportedly shown on school bus video putting his hands around a boy’s neck and pushing his head against a window. He is charged with corporal injury upon a child.

NAPT inducted special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth into its Hall of Fame.
News

NAPT Awards Highlight Training Efforts, Heroism

America’s Best competition winners and other student transportation professionals are recognized for training contributions. A student is honored for stepping in when his bus driver had a medical emergency.

NAPT’s 2018 conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in late October. Seen here is the 2017 conference in Columbus, Ohio.
News

NAPT Reveals 2018 Conference Agenda

Workshops will cover such topics as school choice, employee retention, and school shootings. A live-action event will demonstrate school bus fires and evacuations.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!