Contract driver charged with assault of handicapped Wake student

Antoinette Lavon Alston
Antoinette Lavon Alston

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.”

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.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225