Parents: Bus matron attacked autistic son
The parents of an autistic student from the Westchester School for Exceptional Children in North Salem claim that a school bus matron assaulted their child.
Joanne Ortiz says the bus matron, Gina Rosado, 40, attacked her 12-year-old son, Matthew, Wednesday morning. Ortiz says her son was hesitant to get on the bus because he's had problems with Rosado before, and that caused the woman to snap.
"She took him by the throat and she hit him in the face," Ortiz says.
Ortiz called police after witnessing the alleged attack from her car and Rosado was arrested.
The Department of Education has suspended Rosado pending an investigation.
The boy was treated and released from Lincoln Hospital. Ortiz says she won't put her son back on a bus until the matron is replaced with someone she can trust. In the meantime, she will be taking the boy to school herself.