Daneta McPherson: St. Lucie bus aide arrested for allegedly harassing student with disabilities
5:19 PM, Mar 29, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A St. Lucie county school bus aide has been arrested for allegedly harassing a five-year-old student with special needs.
Port St. Lucie police reports state St. Lucie County school bus video shows 37-year-old Daneta McPherson "violently screaming" at the student. She reportedly grabbed the boy, and placed in him his seat roughly, which caused his head to slam against the window.
The victim is a special education student at Rivers Edge Elementary School.
McPherson is a bus aide who has continuously harassed him on bus rides to and from school, according to reports. The child often responded by crying.
According to the St. Lucie County school district's website, McPherson's job description requires her to "assist the bus driver in maintaining good student conduct."
Port St. Lucie Assistant Chief Robert del Toro said he thought it was a case of bullying.
"Screaming at the child, getting the child to act out when the child really wasn't doing anything wrong," said del Toro.
The bus video, taken in November, shows five separate incidents.
McPherson was released from the St. Lucie County jail on Friday afternoon.
The school district offered no comment, because district offices were closed for Good Friday.
The police report says the bus driver and the second bus aide were suspended after these incidents.