An Oregon school bus driver suffered bites, scratches and bruises after she was viciously attacked by a 10 to 12-year-old autistic boy riding on the bus in Portland.
68-year-old Alice Scoggin was transporting two special needs students to Rock Creek Middle School when a a student with autism began biting her repeatedly – continuing his assault even after she had pulled over.
A passing motorist stopped to assist after seeing the bus with its emergency lights on and Scoggins waving her bloody arms outside the window. The man, a volunteer firefighter, said he witnessed the student biting Scoggin, and that the boy also tried to bite him when he got on the bus. When police arrived to take the boy into custody, he even tried to bite the arresting officer.
Scoggin was transported by ambulance to Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, suffering from bites on her hands, her arms and possibly her face. Her injuries were not life-threatening. The boy was taken into protective custody at a secure facility, where he’ll undergo a psych exam.
No one knows what set the boy off, but whatever the reason, he may face criminal charges as well as consequences from his school. The school district guidelines say that a student accused of a first-time assault could face parental involvement, suspension or even expulsion.
But federal guidelines dictate that if the behavior stems from a disability, that this has to be factored in as well. A school district spokesperson said this student would not be allowed back to class until services could be adjusted to ensure his safety and the safety of those around him.