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
Micro Bird has expanded the capacity in its G5 bus with wheelchair lifts from five passengers with wheelchairs to six with wheelchairs and three additional riders.

Micro Bird Expands Capacity in New G5 Bus

The Type A school bus manufacturer's G5 can now accommodate 36 passengers. Those equipped with wheelchair lifts have room for six passengers with wheelchairs and three additional passengers. 

Don Moore, executive director of transportation for Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools (center), presented awards to (from left to right) Regular-Education Bus Manager Gretchen Arnold, Special-Needs Bus Monitor Hannah Robinson, and Special-Needs Bus Manager Julie Peterson.

Special-Needs School Bus Manager, Monitor Honored

Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools presents awards to Special-Needs Bus Manager Julie Peterson and Special-Needs Bus Monitor Hannah Robinson. Also recognized are a general education driver and a fleet technician.

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.

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

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.

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!