Noblesville School Bus Aide Charged with Battery


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Noblesville School Bus Aide Charged with Battery

Video shows Francella Van Fossen slapping a 10-year-old girl who was brain damage.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- A former Noblesville school bus aide is charged with battery after being accused of hitting a 10-year-old student who has brain damage.

Francella Van Fossen told police she "touched" the girl's face after the girl bit her.

However, video from a camera inside the bus shows Van Fossen slapping the girl across the face.

Van Fossen is expected to plead guilty. She'd been working with the girl for three years before the incident in May.

Noblesville Schools released the following statement:

Student safety is our top priority and we have zero tolerance for behavior that puts our students at risk in any way. We immediately addressed this issue in collaboration with Noblesville Police upon learning of this situation back in May. The bus aide in question is no longer employed with Noblesville Schools.

(Photo from a video still of the incident.)

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