Special Needs Student Assaulted by School Workers

School Asault

Two employees at St. John’s Elementary in Darlington, South Carolina have been arrested after the release of a disturbing video that shows them yelling at, pushing and striking a ten-year-old special needs student.

Tomeka Self and Rosanna Dudley have been charged with assault and battery and are scheduled to appear in court next week. 

South Carolina police released the video on Tuesday showing the non-verbal youngster being slapped in the face, pushed and verbally abused as the two women attempt to fit him with a restraining harness. According to reports, the bus driver tipped off police about the incident, prompting them to review the bus’s security footage.

These types of stories are disturbing and no doubt occur more times than we realize. It’s only the increase of security cameras in recent years that has raised our awareness of how widespread the problem actually is.

Hopefully, this trend will continue and create some accountability for educators and school employees who work around special needs children, minimizing or completely eliminating these incidents in the future.

9 Responses to Special Needs Student Assaulted by School Workers

  1. Cammy Shelton says:

    This is what people treat our kids like when we are not watching.
    People are CRUEL AND INDIFFERENT to the happiness and needs of our children.
    I hope these 2 are never allowed to work with kids again!! Please God!!

  2. Dawn says:

    The child was not the problem it’s the lady in white shirt does not know how to put on harness. Really does not look to me like this child even needs harness he’s sitting there fine

  3. Debbie says:

    I would love to put them in the seat and tie them up….Poor child.

  4. Amy says:

    Apparently this is a HUGE problem… my 9 year old autistic son came home with a handprint on his back. It is disheartening that the very people we trust to care for our children; people who are supposed to be specially trained to teach them and relate to them, are the ones to hurt them. I am going on a limb and am going to attempt to homeschool my son. Pretty sad that I have to sacrifice expertise in education to ensure my son’s safety. What is wrong with these people???? I hope the child’s spirit is forgiving and he/she can move forward in life and go on to do the great things these kiddos are capable of.

  5. Kaity Olivarez says:

    If that was my child I would be going to jail for whipping those two ladies ass, poor Lil boy… This video brought tears to my eyes I’m so angry right now I hope them bitches get what they deserve a ass whipping and jail time!!!!

  6. Sue Keller says:

    Just wondering why the bus driver didn’t order these 2 bitches off the bus or call 911 on them?

  7. Christina says:

    The harness is a safety precaution just in case there is an accident. My daughter had to wear those when she rode the school bus in preschool. But I don’t know why people think it is okay to slap and yell at a child. No child deserves to be yelled at or slapped. That’s child abuse.

  8. Lisa Cruz says:

    This child was sitting fine.
    If those people treated my autistic son like that they would see my lawyer!
    Bless this poor child and their family!!

  9. rachael says:

    omg this is horrible. Poor child was not even doing anything. How could anybody to that to any child disabled or not.

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