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13 year old autistic abused by bus aid and bus driver does nothing will she does laugh

Posted by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE -- -- A mother was in agony as she got her first look at surveillance video of her 13-year-old autistic son wetting himself and crying out while being manhandled on a school bus.

Bertis Paulino went to the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday to view the video with Detective Joe Ventura. She could barely stand to see and hear her son screaming.

"I couldn't take it, I couldn't take it," she said. "I asked Detective Ventura to fast-forward the video because I couldn't take it."

Moises Mancebo can be heard repeatedly saying, "Ow, you're hurting me," while crying and reaching behind his head to try and grab the seat belt harness that was riding up around his neck.

The strap left bruises on his throat and emotional scars as well, Paulino said.

"He can't sleep, he's acting out, he's afraid, he's afraid of me," she said. "Sometimes I come up to him and he [raises his arms] like I'm going to hit him."

School bus assistant Darryl Blue is accused of pulling on the harness while sitting in the seat behind Mancebo and joking with bus driver Chelsi Edwards, who is heard laughing off camera. Blue was charged with aggravated child abuse Wednesday and was released from the Broward County Jail Thursday morning after posting a $7,500 bond.

Paulino wants the bus driver to be charged too, claiming Edwards instigated the abuse after Mancebo urinated in his pants.

But, Ventura says, Edwards has been cooperating with investigators.

"She went back to the bus terminal and she said she was so bothered by what she saw that she went immediately to one of her supervisors and reported it," Ventura said.

It would be more difficult to prosecute Edwards because she never touched the teenager, according to Broward Sheriff's Sgt. Aimee Alexander.

"It's sometimes better for the overall case to use that person as a witness as opposed to a co-defendant to go after the suspect who's more culpable, who actually did the physical harm in this particular case," Alexander said.

The incident allegedly happened Oct. 9 on a school bus for special needs children. It continued for much of the 45-minute ride from Westglades Middle School in Parkland to Mancebo's home in Deerfield Beach, detectives said.

Blue and Edwards were replacements for the regular crew and it's clear they were not trained to handle children with special needs, Alexander said.

"I think the larger issue here is there needs to be some training overall for these folks," Alexander said.

Blue was hired in 2000 and at some point took a three-year hiatus. He was re-hired in 2008 and, on Oct. 17, was reassigned to a position within the transportation department that doesn't involve contact with students, school district spokeswoman Marsy Smith said.

He'll remain in his new post pending the outcome of the district's administrative investigation, she said.

Blue and his family have declined to comment on the case, although Blue told authorities that he acted wrongly and that he was "too tough" on the boy, according to the arrest report.

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So both Blue and Edwards were placed in another position still collecting a pay check, however not working with children thank G-d. When the Board of Education saw the tape (that accompanied this report and is avail just click on link, but WARNING sensitive to some..many not want to view it)..why they did not fire the two on the spot.   I can understand they should have their day in court, but come on., this is an autisic child they terrorisized. they should have never been assigned to this route or school if they had no idea how to interact with special needs children.

butterfly on headlynda  




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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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Horrible. Both should be punished.
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futureshock
by Ruby Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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That is outrageous that they weren't fired on the spot and handcuffed and dragged to jail.  ASSHOLES.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM

This happens far too often. Sadly, a lot of parents just don't care to get involved.

tweety101149
by Platinum Member on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

This happens far too often. Sadly, a lot of parents just don't care to get involved.

This is unfortunately too true.  Whate really ticked me off, is the bus driver laughing through while driving merrily on her way.  How can anyone stand to hear a child stand to hear a child cry out in agony and laugh?  Both of this people a sick, and more should never be near children ever.

butterfly on headlynda  




Autiziumom
by Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM
How can we be sooo cruel to one another?? How can they sit there and hear this child crying and screaming this way!???? Why??? Now I'm even more afraid for my child. I have a 8 yr old autistic son that doesn't say a thing! May God forgive us for us wat we do to these Angels. I hope they both get wat they deserve. And that they never work with children again!
angelenia
by Silver Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM
this scares the crap outta me. ds(5) is high functioning autistic. this enrages me for that child's sake. poor kid. i struggle with being overprotective with ds as it is which is why his father takes him to and from school or i do. i was afraid of him being on a bus with neurotypical kids and getting picked on. never dreamed something like this would happen on a bus for just SN kids:(
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pamelax3
by Gold Member on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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there is a special place in hell for people like that

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Let me guess....they are protected by a union. That is the *only* reason I can think why any sensible human being wouldn't at least suspend those two without pay pending the outcome of this investigation. FFS, the one guy was ARRESTED and CHARGED. Obviously they have enough evidence, or it wouldn't have gotten that far.

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

We had an abusive bus driver on my son's DART bus (preschool for special needs kids). My son was the only verbal kid on the bus, but I don't think the driver realized that. He was assuming none of them could talk and tell us what he was doing. But that man was pulling over every day and screaming at those kids, one in particular, getting into his face and screaming at him to 'shut the fuck up you moron.'  When my son repeated what he had heard and witnessed, I nearly strangled that bus driver with my bare hands. That God for video on buses, because it was easily proven that my son was telling the truth. To the credit of the bus company, they fired his ass on the spot.

Joqui
by Joqui on Nov. 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

This makes me tear up. They are babies! Innocent babies. And people are so heartless to take advantage of the fact that they cannot defend themselves. 

It makes me sick. I'm glad your son was able to verbalize what was going on, this type of abuse is unacceptable. 

Quoting cjsbmom:

We had an abusive bus driver on my son's DART bus (preschool for special needs kids). My son was the only verbal kid on the bus, but I don't think the driver realized that. He was assuming none of them could talk and tell us what he was doing. But that man was pulling over every day and screaming at those kids, one in particular, getting into his face and screaming at him to 'shut the fuck up you moron.'  When my son repeated what he had heard and witnessed, I nearly strangled that bus driver with my bare hands. That God for video on buses, because it was easily proven that my son was telling the truth. To the credit of the bus company, they fired his ass on the spot.


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