A Florida bus driver has been caught on video pushing a special needs girl off a school bus with her foot. Yahoo News reported on Thursday, March 21 that the Florida prosecutors have released the video to the public.
The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office released the shocking video on Wednesday, March 20 of a 41-year-old bus driver by the name of Stephanie Wilkerson, who brutally pushed a special needs girl out the door of a school bus with her foot.
Wilkerson has been charged with aggravated child abuse. Reports state that Stephanie Wilkerson has disconnected her phone since being charged and it was not immediately known if she has contacted an attorney.
Police reports state that Stephanie Wilkerson was driving the special-needs children to school in Tampa, Florida on Sept. 28 when the 8-year-old girl wanted to get off the bus. She was told to wait her turn, but police say she slapped and pushed the driver.
The video clearly shows Stephanie Wilkerson using her foot to push the girl off after she hesitated for about a minute. The girl fell and fractured her ankle.
The video was enough to get Wilkerson fired in January. Even though the girl had moments earlier caused problems on the bus -- slapping and pushing the driver -- a school district spokesman says that's no excuse.
"You can't lose your cool," says Steve Hegarty. "You're the adult, you're held to very high standards and as a result of not meeting that standard, she was fired."
Hegarty says that because of this incident and others involving special needs children, the district is taking a closer look at its training for staff and that some improvements have already been made.
Stephanie Wilkerson appears unfazed by her violent act towards an eight-year-old girl suffering from autism, and is seem moments later in the video eating in the drivers seat of the bus.
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