Special Needs Transportation

Teacher's Aide Accused of Abusing Special-Needs Student

Posted on October 1, 2018

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Police said that a special education instructional assistant here was arrested last week after school bus video showed him apparently pushing a restrained special-needs student multiple times, Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said that on Sept. 18 and 20, school bus video showed Derek Bray Simpson "putting all of his body weight" on the student, who was restrained in a four-point harness, and "putting his head down," according to the newspaper. (The student is nonverbal and can only communicate using sign language.) The arrest report stated that Simpson was apparently seen restraining the student's arms by the wrist and putting his elbow into the side of the student's neck, Tampa Bay Times reports. Simpson was arrested on Sept. 25 on two counts of child abuse.

Linda Cobbe, a spokeswoman for the Pasco County School District, told the newspaper that Simpson has been an instructional assistant at the school since April 2017, and doesn't have a disciplinary record. She added that he completed nonviolent crisis intervention training in January.

To read the full story, go here.

Related Topics: aide/monitor, Florida

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Some school transportation departments have found that children’s rideshare services, such as HopSkipDrive, can offer flexible scheduling and more efficiency when serving students with special needs, and those who are homeless or in foster care.
Article

How Ridesharing Can Meet a Variety of Student Needs

Children’s rideshare services can offer scheduling flexibility, quick response time, and more efficient use of resources when serving homeless, foster care, and special-needs students. Factors to consider are budget and coordination between multiple parties.

Photo courtesy Frederick County (Md.) Public Schools
Article

Getting School Bus Drivers, Aides Involved in the IEP Process

While it may not be ideal for transportation staff to be involved in every step of the Individualized Education Program process, it is essential for them to communicate with parents and related service staff to acquire information that may directly impact a student’s safe travel to and from school.

A video about the career of special-needs school bus driver Karen Sweet was one of the standout videos posted on SBF's website in 2018.
News

Editor's Picks 2018: Videos of the Year

A career spotlight on one special-needs school bus driver and second graders teaching school bus safety were a couple of School Bus Fleet’s web highlights in 2018.

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!