LE COUNTY, Fla. – Further expenses have been filed in Seminole County within the case of a faculty bus driver accused of abusing a pupil with particular wants and a bus monitor who investigators say noticed it occur however didn’t report it, based on a district spokesperson.
James Blanton, 73, and Lisa Florio, 61, have been on administrative depart since their December arrests and can stay on depart till an investigation is concluded, the spokesperson stated. In keeping with Seminole County deputies, Blanton has stated he’s been a bus driver for the district for 15 years. Florio claimed to have been an worker of the district for greater than 29 years, based on her arrest report.
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Blanton faces six counts of kid abuse with out nice bodily hurt whereas Florio faces six counts of failure to report suspected baby abuse, reserving and court docket information present.
Florio and Blanton have been booked once more Thursday, each held on no bond forward of a court docket look set for Friday afternoon, information present.
James Blanton, 61 (Seminole County Sheriff’s Workplace)
Blanton and Florio have been initially arrested Dec. 1 after investigators stated they have been proven a video recorded in November by one other pupil on a faculty bus. The video confirmed a baby cry out in ache after Blanton positioned them in a wrist and elbow lock, deputies stated.
“As a district, we maintain our workers to the best requirements in serving the scholars and households of our neighborhood and we’re disenchanted and upset. There’s completely no tolerance for this sort of conduct at Seminole County Public Faculties. We’re grateful for the coed who introduced this to our consideration and we wish to encourage anybody who feels they might have witnessed an incident we should always concentrate on to report it with Fortify FL, the Speakout hotline at 800.423.TIPS or at speakouthotline.org or contact your faculty administration workforce or our district workplace.” Katherine Crnkovich, communications officer, Workplace of Communications | Seminole County Public Faculties
Blanton is also accused of abusing particular wants kids in separate incidents on Nov. 8, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 29, based on an arrest report. These abuses included pinning a baby’s arms, bending a baby’s wrist and pushing a baby’s face.
Florio, who’s required in her position to report such incidents, stated nothing till two days later when Blanton was relieved of his driving duties, based on the sheriff’s workplace.
An arrest report additionally exhibits she was current and did not report all earlier November incidents listed above.
Deputies stated a pupil recorded a video of bus driver James Blanton, 72, who positioned a special-needs pupil right into a wrist and elbow lock, inflicting the coed to cry out in ache.
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