School bus driver accused of assaulting 7-year-old with autism

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SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a school bus driver assaulted a 7-year-old boy with autism.

News outlets report that the principal of Overton Elementary School contacted Salisbury police on Monday to report Grace Oshields King. Police said in a release that they spoke to a witness and reviewed video from the school bus before charging King.

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The child was not injured in the assault.

Shane Church told WBTV-TV that his son is nonverbal and thus couldn’t tell him what happened. Church says police told him his son was hit in the chest. He says King had driven his son for two years, and he had trusted her.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools says it’s cooperating with police and conducting an internal investigation.



Reports didn’t include comment from King or a lawyer.