Bus Driver Arrested for Slapping Special Needs Student

Pamela Hardy, a bus driver for Escambia County in Florida, was arrested yesterday after slapping a nine-year-old student with special needs.

Hardy has been charged with cruelty towards a child.

In the surveillance video from the bus, you can see the confrontation between her and the student, Marquis Cotton.

“I don’t want even want her working with children. Period. He has developmental delays and hearing loss,” said Marquis’ mother, Timisha Cotton.

According to Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, the bus driver has been placed on paid leave while Pensacola Police investigate what really happened on the bus.

What would you do if this was your child? What would your reaction be to someone disciplining them while away from your care?