BLUFFTON, S.C. — School bus monitor Lillian Jackson was charged earlier this month with unlawful conduct toward a child after video showed her striking a 4-year-old boy with autism, The State reports.
Video surveillance shows the monitor allegedly striking the child repeatedly on the way to Bluffton Elementary School. A written report states that Jackson is seen taking the boy’s hand and using it to strike his face, and soon after, she hits him in the face with her closed fist, then later grabs his leg several times, bruising his thigh, according to the newspaper.
Additionally, a report on the Feb. 12 incident stated that Kenyatta Frederick, the assistant principal at Bluffton Elementary School, told police in September that the student's mother alleged Jackson forced the child to cover his mouth when he coughed and bruised his wrists, The State reports. Frederick added that the contactor and the district reviewed video of that incident but did not take disciplinary action or notify law enforcement.
Jackson is on leave while the contractor she works for, Durham School Services, conducts its own investigation, according to the newspaper. The district advised the contractor that Jackson is to have no further contact with students regardless of the outcome of the investigation.
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Watch video of the incident, released by the Bluffton Police Department on Feb. 20, below.