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Family speaks to reporter about alleged attack on son

Wayne County bus driver who allegedly struck diabetic child multiple times released on $2,000 bond

Wayne County bus driver who allegedly struck diabetic child multiple times released on $2,000 bond

Not even one week ago, a 67-pound diabetic and epileptic middle schooler at Waynesboro Middle School was allegedly struck multiple times by his bus driver. The family spoke out saying it was all caught on tape.

Fast forward to this week, the school district still refuses to hand over the alleged video footage. The mother, Tonkanika Kittler, also tells Seven on your Side the bus driver was arrested and charged on Saturday for simple assault, and released on a $2,000 bond. 

The alleged victim's attorney, Eric Tiebauer, says he is working diligently to obtain the video footage showing the bus driver striking the child once in the chest, and once in the back of the head. School bus surveillance video is a matter of public record. 


The child's family is now seeking justice. 


"He called me he was crying and said his bus driver put his hands with him," Tonkanika Kittler said.

Tonkanika and her eldest son immediately went to pick up the child from school.

"He's very sick,” said Tonkanika.


“He has Type 1 diabetes, asthma, seizures and he was born premature at 2 pounds and 3 ounces.”

She says when her 11 year-old son got on the bus for the morning route to Waynesboro Middle School, her son was struck once in the chest and once in the back of the head by his bus driver. 



“His name (the bus driver) is Shawn McCoy,” Kittler said.


“Bus number 00-70.”

The child's mother and brother say the incident was caught on bus surveillance tape.

“(After seeing the video), it was complete shock, anger, hurt,” said the boy's brother.

They say Principal Tyrone Marshall showed them the footage.

“They charged him with assault, he hasn't been arrested yet, because they say there's no judge in town to sign the warrant but I feel like he should be charged with felony child abuse.”

The school suspended the bus driver for a week.

After attempting to contact superintendent Ben Graves multiple times, he responded to calls in a fax:

“This is a personnel issue and I cannot comment on any details about this incident... The bus driver has been suspended off the bus route while the matter is being investigated,” Graves wrote.

The Waynesboro Police Chief could not be contacted for comment.

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