- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A former school bus driver in Tampa will not get jail time after pleading guilty Wednesday to kicking an 8-year-old autistic girl off the bus, causing her to fracture her ankle.

Stephanie Wilkerson, a 41-year-old former driver for the Hillsborough County School District, pleaded guilty to the September 2012 incident in which she is seen on surveillance video kicking the girl off the bus, a local Fox affiliate reported.

In the video, the special needs child, who attends Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary, is seen facing Miss Wilkerson on the steps of the bus and the two seem to be having a conversation.

The girl turns away and Miss Wilkerson is seen lifting her left foot and giving a firm kick to the child’s backside. The child is seen tumbling onto the grass outside as Miss Wilkerson and others rush to aid her.

Investigators said Miss Wilkerson and the girl got into an altercation, in which the girl slapped and pushed the driver.

Miss Wilkerson’s plea deal requires her to serve five years of probation.

The family of the injured child is suing the Hillsborough County School District, a local CBS affiliate reported.

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