Thomas Kilpatrick, 47, is accusing the two women of physically abusing his 12-year-old autistic son on his way to the Laurel Regional Special Education Center, a special needs school in Lynchburg. Lawyers for the family say that boy is still suffering from permanent emotional damage more than two years later. Their most compelling evidence is an hour and a half worth of surveillance video from the school bus. They say it captures the autistic boy being hit, kicked and even choked by the former school employees. P. Brent Brown is an attorney for the Kilpatrick family. "When people look at the surveillance video they will be horrified," said Kilpatrick from his Roanoke office. The suit alleges 12-year-old Timothy was strapped into a shoulder harness the morning of September 24, 2009 when the former aide hit him repeatedly with fly swatter, kicked him, and later sprayed an aerosol chemical in his face.
The lawsuit claims on his ride home, the bus driver put on a glove, choked Timothy and left bruises around his neck. Brown says what happened to Timothy could have happened to anybody.
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