Pupil evaluated after aide struck on Columbia County school bus

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009 10:25 AM
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A 10-year-old Columbia County special needs pupil was transported to the Medical College of Georgia for an evaluation this morning after witnesses said she assaulted a school bus aide.

The girl’s mother had been having difficulty with the Evans Elementary School special needs pupil before the school bus arrived about 8 a.m. at Arrowood Mobile Home Park off Wrightsboro Road near Grovetown, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

When she boarded bus No. 970-A, a special needs bus, the pupil became unruly, striking a 66-year-old bus aide in the face and kicking her, Capt. Morris said.

The bus driver evacuated the bus and the other pupils boarded a second bus called to the scene and were transported to school without further incident, Capt. Morris said.

An ambulance was called to evaluate the bus aide, who was not taken to a hospital.

Charges are pending against the pupil.

Reach Valerie Rowell at 868-1222, ext. 110 or

valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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Rose
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Rose 01/22/09 - 11:38 am
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Remember the teacher killed

Remember the teacher killed by a special needs student? Are tazers for teachers next?

g-dog express
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g-dog express 01/22/09 - 11:47 am
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The school board needs to

The school board needs to make an example of the student. Prosecute swift and hard; make students aware that the school system wont play. Question is will it happen?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/22/09 - 11:54 am
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And just how will a mentally

And just how will a mentally handicapped person understand this???

sprintman
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sprintman 01/22/09 - 12:00 pm
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coldbeerboiledpeanuts the kid

coldbeerboiledpeanuts the kid is not mentally hadicapped. Just bad as heck and needs some home training. This is why I took my kid out of Evans high. Columbia county school'a have alot of problems with drugs, discipline, and weapons. That the county tries so hard to hide under the rug. Along with chronicle's help. A 10 year that will more than likely end up in prison with this current behavior.

message
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message 01/22/09 - 12:03 pm
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This is gone too far down the

This is gone too far down the line with all these incidents happening in Columbia County, a 10-year old beats up a 66 year old bus assistant. Did the 10-year old pupil had on saggy pants?

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 01/22/09 - 12:05 pm
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sprintman- the article says

sprintman- the article says it was a special needs bus, not a regular bus. If a 10-year-old is diagnosed as "special needs" she may very well be mentally handicapped. Before you go off thinking it's just a rowdy kid who needs to be spanked at home - realize she may have bigger issues and might not understand "normal" discipline.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 01/22/09 - 12:14 pm
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Sounds like Sprintman has a

Sounds like Sprintman has a problem with Columbia County...Perhaps a little class envy eh? You can not come close to compairing CC drug and weapon problems, as you call it, to Ricmond County...Not even close Buster!

sprintman
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sprintman 01/22/09 - 12:15 pm
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lol their are plenty of kids

lol their are plenty of kids who are special needs. Who aren't punching 66 year old drivers in the face. Where is the dad? All i hear about is the mother.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/22/09 - 12:20 pm
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I used to live in Evans and

I used to live in Evans and now in the Martinez part of richmond county. My home cost more now than it did in CC. So what are you talking about. Living in CC wasn't bad just Evans high was full of thugs, drug user's and drug dealers. I never said anything about CC school's that isnt true.. If you don't think Columbia county schools have drugs, discipline, and weapons problems. Then you are naive as the leaders in CC. If you think Im envy to make yourself feel better then go ahead. And who said anything about richmond county but you. Obviously you have a problem with RC. And since you brought up RC. The best school's in the state are located in richmond county. AR Johnson, Davidson, and C.T Walker. And why do people in CC always have to bring up RC. Like georgiais#! did when the article is about CC. I think you are class envy of RC. Because mcduffie, burke, and aiken are apart of metro augusta too. Don't be mad you can't afford to live on the hill/summerville/forest lakes or the other rich neighborhoods in west augusta.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/22/09 - 12:23 pm
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Georgiais#! is a idiot. Or

Georgiais#! is a idiot. Or either must be real poor. Who would be envy of a trailer park in columbia county lol. Do i really want to live around poor single white moms with 3-6 kids by diffrent men. Who are on welfare and have diffrent men running in and out the house at all night. Where the daughters are usually sexually abused by the mom's boyfriend. Because the mom is too high on drugs. Where everybody in the trailer park is getting high on crack, meth, or cocaine. There are no father's around to discipline the kids. Nah I'll think I'll pass. Like living where im at just fine.

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aaa 01/22/09 - 12:31 pm
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In my day, we had kids that

In my day, we had kids that acted right and kids that acted wrong. The right were rewarded or praised. The wrong were spanked or expelled. In today's culturally sensitive America, we now have kids diagnosed with "special needs", "ADD", "ADHD", etc, etc, etc. Now I know that there are kids out there who truly have problems and need our help, comfort, and support. But I'm afraid that it has just gotten too easy to label this kid one way and that kid another way - it tends to make me think we are applying labels in order to excuse wrong behavior. My biggest surprise is that this event happened at all. President Obama has been on the job now for two days. Things were supposed to get better.

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dashiel 01/22/09 - 12:40 pm
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Spiritman, you are an example

Spiritman, you are an example of how effective a public school education can be. Blame this one on "mainstreaming."

KSL
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KSL 01/22/09 - 12:41 pm
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A child that is mentally

A child that is mentally incapable of understanding how to behave properly and is a threat to others physically should not be mainstreamed.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/22/09 - 12:47 pm
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Dashiel my public education

Dashiel my public education got me into UGA. Where I graduated and had a wonderful time in Athens. My kid will be graduating from westside and attending georgia state in Atlanta this fall. Public education is still a good thing in america. Its schools being based on property taxes which is a bad thing.

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gnumbgnuts 01/22/09 - 01:02 pm
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Are most 66 year old women

Are most 66 year old women really capable of maintaining the peace on a short bus? I remember some pretty violent special needs kids when I was in school. And No, I wasn't one of them.

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InChristLove 01/22/09 - 01:03 pm
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sprintman, how do you know

sprintman, how do you know this child isn't mentally handicapped (referring to your 11am post)? It says the child is a "special needs" child which usually refers to a mental or physical disability. The article stated the mother was having issues with the child before boarding the bus. Evidently something was upsetting the child and she took her frustrations out on the school aide. The child is being evaluated and according to the article charges are pending. Seems like the situation is under control. All the demeaning comments on the mother and where she lives are uncalled for.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/22/09 - 01:04 pm
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gnumbgnuts, it depends on how

gnumbgnuts, it depends on how healthy the 66 year old woman is. My mom is 67 and can still whip my butt!!

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gnumbgnuts 01/22/09 - 01:11 pm
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ICL I know a few senior

ICL I know a few senior citizens I wouldn't want to tangle with too, but on average a 66 y.o. lady is a pretty easy target for a [filtered word] off 10 yr. old. I wouldn't have put my Mom in that job when she was 66.

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cobweb 01/22/09 - 01:22 pm
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If she was on the special

If she was on the special needs bus she is probably not fully mainstreamed. The kids who ride those buses don't attend school for the full day.

I have a special needs child in Columbia County schools. I can sympathize with both the bus aide and the parents. Teaching a special needs child is not an easy task, especially if that child has developmental disabilities.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/22/09 - 01:23 pm
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"And just how will a mentally

"And just how will a mentally handicapped person understand this???" ----- They can't, so punishment won't be a deterrent. Punishment only works for those who can appreciate the consequences (same can be said of the mentally ill the state deems insane). Locking up a "normal" criminal deprives them of their freedom and right to associate with his friends and family. To those who don't understand, it won't have the same effect, it's just another day in life (they're already in their own prison, an external one makes no difference).

cobweb
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cobweb 01/22/09 - 01:25 pm
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The evaluation they mention

The evaluation they mention at MCG is a psychiatric evaluation.

christian134
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christian134 01/22/09 - 01:32 pm
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Different reasons qualify for

Different reasons qualify for special needs kids...Not all of them are incapacitating and not all have violent tendencies...For those that do they need to be properly medicated and not be allowed near others until they can be trusted not to hurt other children as well as the adults...That child could have attacked the driver thereby causing a bad wreck or other much worse results...

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thatgirlsam 01/22/09 - 01:37 pm
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In my opinion the 10 yr old

In my opinion the 10 yr old AND her 13 yr old sister should be removed from the home. The 10 yr old has these episodes all the time, which is to be expected when the mother would rather be out all hours of the night doing drugs instead of spending her money on the medication the child is supposed to be on. There is no father figure in their lives. And both children run the streets in the neighborhood at all hours, getting into cars with any male who stops to talk to them. I could go on but it sickens me. In order for this child to get the help she needs, she needs to be removed from the home.

KingJames
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KingJames 01/22/09 - 01:41 pm
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Sprintman, the father was

Sprintman, the father was probably at work. Afterall, this happened at 8 a.m. Most, not all, but most people are working at that time.

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starrgaiser 01/22/09 - 01:46 pm
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What I read was the fact that

What I read was the fact that the mother admitted to having problems with the child before the bus got there. My roommate has a special needs son and arrangements should have been made with the school at the beginning of the year for when the child is having problems like that. Where was the plan at? Why did the mother proceed to put the child on the bus? When a child is diagnosed special needs there is a lot of factors to consider...where these factors taken in consideration when this child's schedule was developed? Why was there not protocol in place for the safety of the school bus driver and other students on that bus? Every student diagnosed special needs should have a plan of action for JUST IN CASE situations...that plan of action should have been used in this case...Where was it? It wouldnt have cost any money to develop it. Just time taken between the school and the family - Where was it?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/22/09 - 02:08 pm
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Sounds like "thatgirlsam"

Sounds like "thatgirlsam" knows this child and doesn't appear to be a stable environment the girl lives in or her sister. Sad situation but unless neighbors who see this type of behavior don't speak up then it will continue.

jude1072
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jude1072 01/22/09 - 02:11 pm
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No the question is why did

No the question is why did the MOTHER put the child on a bus. When she KNEW that the child was having a "bad day". She put the other children and adults in danger.

me too
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me too 01/22/09 - 02:15 pm
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If a fraction of what

If a fraction of what thatgirlsam posted is true about this family, the mother should be in jail and the children with relatives who can properly care for them or as a last resort, a foster family. That post made my stomach turn.

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mable8 01/22/09 - 02:19 pm
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sprintman: Your description

sprintman: Your description of Arrowood is inaccurate and is demeaning to the honest, hard-working people who live there. You have the same caliber of the people you describe living in your own neighborhood; the difference is that they "earn" their money by dealing in drugs and prostitution--law enforcement calls that "fronting," and even the most astute neighbor is unaware of what is going on--until he finds out his neighbor has been selling drugs to his kid or the neighbor's house is raided. So don't come across as one who lives in a puritanically pure, drug-free, prostitution-free neighborhood or school district--it doesn't exist.

KSL
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KSL 01/22/09 - 02:20 pm
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mable, I can attest that it

mable, I can attest that it does exist. I live in one.

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