School bus driver attacked by autistic student in Happy Valley - KPTV - FOX 12

School bus driver attacked by autistic student in Happy Valley

Posted: Updated: May 31, 2012 12:30 PM
HAPPY VALLEY, OR (KPTV) -

An attack by an autistic student in Happy Valley left a bus driver bruised and bloody Thursday morning.

The student, who is between 10 and 12 years old, bit school bus driver Alice Scoggin multiple times in the face and arm, Clackamas County deputies said.

Jeff Blaser, 38, called 911 when he saw Scoggin in distress alongside Sunnyside Road and 157th Avenue at about 9:15 a.m.

"She was struggling; she needed help," said Blaser, who climbed onto the bus after hearing her scream for help.

"The bus driver had some pretty nasty bruises and bites on her arms, and I could see her face was bloodied," said Blaser.

Blaser said the student also tried to bite him, before deputies arrived and helped bring him under control.

There were only two students on the North Clackamas School District special needs bus when the attack happened, according to a school spokesman.

The child in question is a student at Rock Creek Middle School and a district spokesman said there have been no previous issues with the boy on the bus.

However, district spokesman Joe Krumm told Fox 12 the student will not be allowed to return until services are adjusted to ensure his safety and the safety of those around him.

Krumm said special services and seating arrangements are adjusted based on the individual needs of each child.

Scoggin was taken to Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital to be treated and was later released.

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