Bus driver guilty of child endangering after slapping boy
ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland City Schools bus driver who was caught on video slapping an 8-year-old-boy was found guilty Monday of child endangering.
The incident happened on January 17, and the video from an on-board camera shows driver Cathy Goetz interacting with the boy, who was upset when he got on the bus.
According to the police report, the 43-year-old told investigators she did not know the child had autism and that when he started screaming, she tried to get him to stop.
The video shows that the boy continued to scream, and Goetz eventually stopped the bus and confronted him.
She is seen in the video smacking the boy, and he is then heard threatening to kill her.
Goetz then called her bus dispatcher, who called 911.
As Goetz waited for Ashland police to arrive, the boy continued to scream and stomp his feet. That’s when video shows Goetz grabbing him by his collar.
Goetz was also charged with assault and menacing, but the jury was deadlocked. She may be retried on those charges before she is sentenced on the child endangering conviction.
The school board came to a decision in February to fire Goetz.