Paperwork Shows How Abuse of Autistic Boy on Bus Happened


 

For me, looking at the case file on Timothy Kilpatrick is much harder than watching the videotapes of him being beaten, kicked, and choked.  And those are horrifying to me, although apparently not horrifying enough to warrant felony charges

But reading the case file made me sick.  Timothy was in many ways in the best possible situation for a child being abused at school: he had a father and a caseworker who were both aware of the situation and working hard to change it.  And the school did nothing,

The tape of Timothy being abused was taken on the bus in September 2009.  His father Thomas let the caseworker know about problems starting in November of 2008.  He made a formal complaint.

Then things got worse:

On February 25, 2009, the case worker then wrote, Timothy's father said he got off the bus with, "scratches on his head and a swollen bloody spot."

The papers show, the case worker then placed a "PC," or personal call to the County's Director of Special Services, Sara Staton.

The report says Staton told him she needed a release to talk to him, so he wrote one up for Timothy's father to sign.

The papers claim it took Staton 20 days to get back to the case worker, and then only by e-mail.

Staton wrote that she had turned the inquiry over the district's transportation department to get some answers, according to the court files.

Two more days passed before Staton sent the case worker an email reading in part that school system was quote "confident the current staff is able to meet the student's needs."

Want to feel hatred?  Watch the video from the bus again, knowing that Sara Staton was confident that the women beating Timothy and talking about how much they wanted to kill him were capable of meeting his needs.

And then reflect on the fact that Staton is still employed as Bedford County's Director of Special Services, two years after that beating happened.

And here's the thing that makes me crazy:

There is nothing unusual here. 

After fifteen years in public schools, I think it would be unusual to find to a Director of Special Services who would have acted at all differently.  None of the ones I have worked with would have felt there was anything wrong with waiting twenty days to respond to an urgent call about a kid being abused.  All of them would have felt their duty had been completely done if they called the bus barn and said, "Is everything okay?" 

 

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Autistic Boy Abused on Bus Update: Criminal Convictions, New Video


 

Yesterday I told you about the abuse that Thomas Kilpatrick's son Timothy suffered on a school bus.  New video shows that in addition to beating Timothy with a fly swatter and kicking him, bus driver Alice Holland and aide Mary Evans also choked the boy and sprayed him with an aerosol can.  I was incorrect when I wrote that no charges had been filed:

Holland, of Bedford County, was sentenced to one month of active jail time and another 11 months of suspended time. Evans, of Bedford, received two months of active jail time and 10 months of a suspected sentence.

Bedford County Schools Superintendent Doug Schuch addressed the issue briefly during the school board’s meeting Thursday evening, referring to the video as “very disturbing.”

“The lawsuit has not been served on the school board and we do not have any comment on the allegations at this time,” Schuch said. “However, we can confirm that as soon as school officials became aware of the incident on the bus, the two employees involved were dismissed and the matter was referred to the police. We are referring any questions related to this lawsuit to our attorney.”

Click here to watch a report on the school board meeting.

 
 
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