Video appears to show bus attendant attack special-needs girl

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The parents of a 13-year-old special-needs student are suing a bus attendant, his bus company and the city Department of Education after what they call a terrifying attack on their daughter.

An Oct. 30 video sent to them by a paraprofessional appears to show school bus attendant Beleck Valmont grabbing India Knox by her hood and knocking her head against the seat. The girl screams for help and says, “I’ll calm down.”

Knox’s parents tell News 12 that they found their daughter covered in cuts and bruises following the incident. Valmont was arrested two days later and charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child, according to police.

The girl’s parents say their daughter has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old and doesn’t speak much. Since the incident, they say she’s had a difficult time sleeping and eating.

In a statement, a Department of Education spokesperson tells News 12, “The NYPD and SCI are investigating this deeply disturbing allegation. The attendant was immediately suspended and the family was provided with a new bus route. Our students must be safe on our school buses, and anything less is unacceptable.” 

The Knox family will be in Manhattan criminal court on Dec. 13.

News 12 reached out to the bus company, Leesel Transportation, but was referred to the Department of Education.

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