FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — An Okaloosa County school bus driver is charged with child abuse after investigators say she forcefully shook a disabled student in a wheelchair.
Evelyn Fields, 56, lives in Walton County but was arrested in Okaloosa County where she works.
According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened August 16 on a school bus at Silver Sands School in Fort Walton Beach. Fields is accused of “forcefully shaking the arms of a wheelchair-bound, non-verbal child who has a condition that causes weak bones.”
“The boy had reportedly been clapping and making noises, something those who know him say he does when he’s happy,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The release goes on to say bus surveillance video showed Fields yelling in the child’s face and poking him in the side of the head.