Portland, OR – A 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.
According to reports, 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. I tried sending WCNW’s Katherine Cook some pics of a simple and effective safety device that could be employed, but apparently she didn’t appreciate that, or my penis pics.
You know, I once dated a chick who had a 11-year-old boy with severe autism. Once, when she had the flu, I volunteered to take the boy to school that morning. Me and the kid always got along, so I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal.
Before leaving, his mother warned me not to detour off the route they take every morning, as the boy didn’t like that kind of change. On the way, I saw a wreck ahead that was slowing traffic, and reflexively detoured on to a side street. That’s when all hell broke loose. I didn’t even think the kid was paying attention. I mean, the whole way there he was in the backseat content with counting the buttons on his shirt.
Now he was screaming “THREE STOP RIGHT STOP TWO LEFT STOP!” at the top of his lungs while grabbing and kicking the back of my seat. I desperately tried to turn around, but kept getting deeper into the neighborhood. He is now sounding like a wild animal; his screams nothing but a garbled mess of incoherent words as he struggled against his seat belt to, undoubtedly, claw my eyes out.
I had already started panicking and had opened my door in case I had to jump out of my moving vehicle. I was positive the kid was about to bust out of his restraint using the super-human strength only bestowed upon chimpanzees and the mentally disabled.
But like a miracle, I had somehow navigated back on to the original road. At that exact moment, he immediately calmed down and went back to counting the buttons on his shirt. I breathed a shaky sigh of relief when I heard him say, “I’m a winner, you’re a bad driver.”
So I looked back to make sure his seat belt was still securely fastened, and took another side street.Tags: Alice Scoggin, Assault, autism, Biting, Crime, Oregon, school bus