Video shows bus driver kicking child from vehicle

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 8:44 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — Prosecutors have released a school bus camera video that shows a driver pushing an 8-year-old special needs student off the bus.

The video was released Wednesday as part of the discovery process in an aggravated child abuse case.

Investigators say 41-year-old Stephanie Wilkerson was driving the bus to Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School on Sept. 28 when the girl tried to get off the bus. The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports Wilkerson told the girl to wait her turn.

Police say the girl slapped and pushed the driver. And, while she was standing on the bus steps, the driver placed her foot on the girl's back and pushed her from the vehicle.

The child broke a bone in her ankle.

Wilkerson, a driver since August 2008, was fired in January.

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