A Brentwood man, who works as a school bus aide, was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke a disabled student’s arm during an attempt at discipline, Suffolk County police said in a news release.
Richard Mason, 39, of 106 Suffolk Ave., was arraigned Oct. 3 at First District Court in Central Islip on charges of third-degree assault and acting in a manner to injure a child.
Police said Mason, a bus aide for Acme Bus Corp., was riding in a school bus on Sept. 30, when he attempted to discipline a 5-year-old developmentally disabled boy. Investigators said he grabbed the tot’s arm and twisted it behind the student’s back. The force allegedly caused a fracture.
At the time, the school bus was reportedly dropping off children after leaving the North Ridge Elementary School in Commack. In a statement, Commack Schools said the bus was being operated under contract with Acme Bus and that the company provides mini-bus transportation for the district.
“As soon as we learned of the allegations, we immediately confirmed that the defendant had been removed from any and all district routes and will have no contact with our students,” the school district statement said. “ACME has assured the district that the bus attendant had been properly screened and trained.” They said there were no prior incidents involving Mason.
Suffolk County Special Victims Section detectives arrested Mason on Wednesday. He was released without bail during the Thursday arraignment and is due back in court on Oct. 23