A school bus aide with North Penn School District is facing charges after he allegedly choked a 6-year-old boy with special needs while on a school bus in Montgomery Township.
MacArthur Wilson, 72, of Lansdale, has been charged with felony child endangerment along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, strangulation, and related offenses, in connection with the incident. He is currently free on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Police said the incident occurred on Oct. 16 around 4 p.m. when Wilson was asked to sit with the boy. A few minutes after, Wilson began to struggle with the boy’s seatbelt, then was observed putting his hands around the boy’s neck for seven seconds before stopping when bus driver yelled at him, according to charging documents.
Wilson reportedly told the driver that the boy had hit him, and he had to teach the boy a lesson, according to the complaint.
The incident was captured on surveillance video inside the bus, and the driver reported the incident to her supervisor immediately upon returning to the Bus Transportation Center at North Penn High School, investigators said.
Footage of the incident showed Wilson was struggling to have the boy let go of the seatbelt, then said “Do you want me to choke you out” three times before placing his hand on the boy’s neck, police said.
The parents of the boy said their child ran off the bus when he was dropped off and was visibly distressed. The parents said the front of the boy’s neck was very red and there were small scratches on the rear of his neck and upper back, according to court documents.
They then contacted police.
Wilson’s next court appearance is a preliminary hearing on Jan. 9, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.
North Penn School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This article will be updated once a response has been received.
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Source: Berkshire mont