Virginia Man Sues School Board Over Alleged Abuse of Autistic Son

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:22 PM EDT
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Man Alleges School Bus Abuse of Autistic Son

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A man who claims his autistic son was abused on a school bus has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board.

Thomas E. Kilpatrick's lawsuit alleges that the bus driver and her assistant physically abused his son in 2009, when the boy was 11.

Kilpatrick's attorney, P. Brent Brown, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch http://bit.ly/reyU75 that he obtained surveillance video of the abuse through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Brown filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Lynchburg Circuit Court.

D. Patrick Lacy Jr., who represents the school system, said the lawsuit hasn't been served and he couldn't comment.

The driver and the assistant are no longer school system employees. They are also named as defendants, along with the school system's director of special services.

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