WASHINGTON (Circa) — A school bus attendant allegedly assaulted a 13-year-old girl with special needs in Manhattan, New York, WNBC reports.
The video shows 13-year-old India screaming saying, “I’ll calm down,” as the school bus attendant grabs her head and pushes her into the bus seat.
WNBC reported that the teen was on her way to Manhattan Children’s Center when the incident occurred on October 30.
Her parents were in shock when they saw the cell phone video of how their daughter was treated.
The mother of India, Julia Alexandra told WNBC "I didn't believe it at first looking at it, I was outraged. Freaking out, crying. It is clearly someone attacking my child."
Her father Shaheen Knox told WNBC "I was so upset, it was horrific. It was relentless and sadistic."
According to WNBC India’s parents said she is traumatized over the alleged assault and is afraid to ride on the bus again.
Knox and Alexandra plan to sue, WNBC reported. Their attorney Sanford Rubenstein commented on the ordeal.
"A bus attendant who is specifically assigned to a bus with developmentally disabled children should certainly have at the least some training on how to deal with these children and certainly should not be assaulting children," said Rubenstein.
The Department of Education told WNBC that the school bus attendant has been suspended and the family has been given a new bus route.