CORINTH -- The attorney for the parents of a disabled child who was allegedly abused by her school bus driver says the Corinth school district failed to promptly notify police and will be held financially liable.
Kurt Mausert, who represents Sabrina and Michael Kio, said he will file a civil lawsuit if the Corinth Central School District does not agree to pay the family for what he called "a series of errors" officials made after allegations arose that 7-year-old Angelina Kio was abused.
"They need to pay compensation to my client's family for what they did," he said. "They have liability up to their ears, and if they don't do the right thing, they're going to get sued."
Mausert said the district did not notify police until two weeks after officials were notified about the alleged abuse, despite the fact that they suggested otherwise. The girl's family was also not informed for weeks, he said.
District Superintendent Daniel Starr declined to comment Friday through a secretary. He has said previously that Jones "could have handled situations on her vehicle differently," and that police were notified after a transportation official alerted him.
Mausert would not say what amount the family is seeking to avert a lawsuit, but he said he will push forward regardless of whether police charge the bus driver, Marjorie Jones, with a crime.
State Police are investigating a complaint that Jones taped the girl's mouth closed with duct tape, slapped her and pulled her hair aboard the Chevrolet Suburban that Jones drove.
The child attends the Prospect Child & Family Center in Queensbury. Her disabilities leave her unable to speak, according to her mother. Jones had been her driver for about two years.
Jones resigned after she was placed on suspension when the district conducted its own investigation. She has not been charged with a crime to date, and State Police have not provided further details about their investigation.
The Board of Education accepted her resignation at a meeting last month without commenting on the allegations.