A driver for a company that transports children to and from Wake County schools has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly slapping a seven-year-old handicapped child.
Antoinette Lavon Alston, 41, of Wait Avenue in Wake Forest was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a child under the age of 12; child abuse, and assault on a handicapped person, according to an arrest warrant.
Alston worked for Reese’s Transportation, which has a contract with the school system. A Wake schools spokeswoman said a parent of a Sycamore Elementary School student complained about a Reese’s driver in September and that the driver was immediately suspended.
“We have a strict expectation that Reese’s Transportation will safely transport our students to and from school each day,” spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement. “Anything that compromises the safety of our students is unacceptable.”
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Police have accused Alston of “aggressively slapping the victim on his hands and arms,” according to the arrest warrant, and that the assault “posed a substantial risk of physical injury.”
Alston was released from the Wake County jail Tuesday after she posted a $4,000 bond, court record show. She was ordered to not have any contact with the child, nor be in the presence of any minor unless a parent is present, court records show.