COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A bus aide with Columbus City Schools has been accused of injuring a special needs student during an incident last fall.  

According to court documents, on Nov. 12, 2021, the special needs student was acting up on the bus when the bus aide, identified as Mona L. Smith, grabbed him, pushed the student into the seat and put her body weight onto his body, injuring his lip.  

Both Smith and the driver of the bus, Nikita N. Pickett, were charged with endangering children and assault, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.

A representative of Columbus City Schools confirmed the incident and said Smith and Pickett, who were hired in September 2010 and June 2012, respectively, were terminated from the district after an investigation and hearing on February 28.