After a surveillance video in 2009 documented Virginia school bus driver Alice Davis Holland and special education aide Mary Alice Evans hitting, kicking and even choking Timothy Kilpatrick, a severely autistic, Bedford County student, the pair was convicted of criminal charges earlier this week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Unable to defend himself because of his seat restraints, the boy appears to be crying as he swings his arms and legs to block the blows.  The family of Timothy is planning to sue the school board for $20 million.

I hope the family wins the trial, because after watching the video I can’t believe that the driver and the aide would ever think about hitting a child, let alone a child with autism.

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  1. Psilomelane says:

    It’s almost hard to believe the two of them would be stupid (or apathetic) enough to assault the kid while being videotaped — they must have known the camera was there?

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