School Bus Monitor Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Girl

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    A New York City school monitor is under arrest, accused of attacking a special needs student in The Bronx. The 13-year-old has scratches and marks on her arms and neck. Rob Schmitt reports. (Published Thursday, May 8, 2014)

    A New York City school bus monitor is being charged with assault after she allegedly hurt a child with special needs who got up while the bus was moving, police said.

    According to police, the 13-year-old girl got out of her seat as the bus was taking her home in the Bronx Wednesday.

    The bus monitor told her to sit down, but the girl became upset and threw her jacket at the monitor, police said.

    The monitor restrained the girl but police believe she used too much force. The girl's family said she has scratches, marks on her arms and neck, and a swollen lip.

    The monitor is being charged with third-degree assault.

    A lawyer for the bus company, Lonero Transit, Inc., said the company had no comment while it was investigating what happened.

    --Rob Schmitt contributed to this story