Bus Abuse Father

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Outraged Parents Claim Disabled Daughter Was Abused On School Bus

November 09, 2018 - 2:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Parents of a developmentally disabled teenager announced Friday they would be suing the city’s Department of Education after shocking video revealed a bus attendant assaulting the 13-year-old.

The disturbing cellphone video shows bus attendant Beleck Valmont, 48, repeatedly shaking the 13-year-old girl by the hood of her coat. He then pushes the girl’s face into the seat in front of her, despite the girl promising to calm down.

The girl’s father Shaheen Knox says he is outraged over the incident, which happened on Oct. 30.

“My daughter was attacked and relentlessly attacked in a sadistic matter. There has to be some accountability for this,” Knox said.

The video was turned over to police and Valmont was immediately arrested.

Sanford Rubenstein, an attorney for the family, said the 13-year-old has the mentality of a 5-year-old and is mostly non-verbal.

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“We don't know if this happened before, we don’t' know how often it's happened before, but we do know what happened this time because we have pictures of the truth,” Rubenstein said.

A DOE spokeswoman told WCBS 880 that the attendant was suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case. The family has been provided a new bus route.

Valmont insists he did nothing wrong, he told the Daily News that he grabbed the girl’s hood when she began spitting and angered other students on the bus.