VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Northern California police say they arrested a school bus driver after she forcibly removed a special needs student who did not want to get off the bus.
The Vacaville Police Department said officers arrested 64-year-old Kim Klopson after reviewing bus surveillance video that showed the abuse of the second-grader at Browns Valley Elementary.
Authorities said the Vacaville Unified School District contacted police last week to report the incident and fired Klopson.
Klopson was arrested on charges of felony child abuse and booked into Solano County Jail.
Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent, Jane Shamieh released the following statement on the incident on May 16:
“There are no words to explain why anyone would mistreat a child in that way. No child should ever experience something like that, especially at school. We immediately initiated police involvement and have been in full support of the investigation. We hope that the consequences and charges filed reach the fullest extent of the law. At this time, we are turning our attention toward the child, the child’s family and all of our families to ensure we are meeting their needs and addressing their valid concerns. This was a disturbing case and it is completely unacceptable for any child to have to endure such an experience. The safety of our children is always of utmost importance, and our thoughts are with the victim and her family."