5-Year-Old Child Injured When Seneca Falls Bus Driver Pushed Him Into Bus Window
SENECA COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 23, 2021) – A Seneca Falls bus driver was arrested after allegedly pushing a small child and causing them to hit their head on the window of a bus.
Seneca Falls police officials are saying that the incident took place on October 7th. The 60-year-old bus driver is suspected of pushing a student so hard they lost balance and hit their head against a window.
Police officers investigated the incident and finally made an arrest on Friday. The Seneca Falls bus driver was charged with second degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
The bus driver is currently waiting to be arraigned at the Seneca County Correctional Facility.
Liability In Seneca County Assaults By Bus Drivers
Abuse from teachers or school officials is fairly rare, but it does take place. It can occur in many different instances including the unauthorized use of corporal punishment or physical force. Abuse can take other forms as well including emotional and psychological mistreatment. There are a number of steps that schools and county officials can take to help keep students safe from abuse and assault.
- Teachers and staff should be adequately trained.
- Students and staff should be properly monitored.
- Abuse or mistreatment should be quickly reported.
School districts have a legal responsibility to supervise their students and faculty and provide them with a reasonably safe environment. In many situations, abuse is not an isolated incident. School district employees may hit or injure students on multiple occasions. When a school district fails to investigate such instances or otherwise fails to take action, this could amount to negligence. If a school district employee abuses a student or causes them harm, that school district could be held liable through a civil claim.
Consider, for example, the case of Mirand v City of New York. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York observed that it is well-established that schools have a duty to supervise students and faculty. Schools can be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately caused by the absence of adequate supervision. Schools will typically not be liable for unforeseeable third party acts for which they did not have sufficiently specific knowledge or notice about. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any school district employee assaults a student.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any student assaulted by a school district employee may be able to seek justice through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover medical bills and emotional distress. A New York negligent supervision attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, very strict statute of limitations for claims against municipal entities. Typically, any injured party must file a notice of claim within 90 days of being injured.
Investigating A Seneca County Assault By A Bus Driver
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the family of the student assaulted in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. What were the circumstances leading up to this assault? What is the criminal record of this bus driver? Could this have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that Seneca County school district employees will take measures to prevent similar events.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed by a school bus driver? There are a number of laws designed to help you. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping victims get the justice that they deserve. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.