UPDATE: Russell Co. aide pleads guilty to assaulting child on school bus


A public-school aide charged in the assault of a Russell County special needs student has pleaded guilty, according to court information.

News 5 confirmed that Teresa Jo Robinson received a 180-day suspended jail sentence and was placed on 12 months of probation, 30 days of home electronic monitoring and 100 hours of community service following her hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

An investigation was launched in January by the sheriff's office after a school resource officer was contacted by administrators at Lebanon Middle School about the incident.

The child's parents, Dollie and Donald Tucker, spoke to News 5 in February and recalled reviewing the video surveillance footage captured on the bus of Robinson straddling and sitting on their 12-year-old son and shoving his head against a window and between the seat. Their son is nonverbal and has down syndrome.

The driver of the school bus, Carolyn Sue Salyer, was also charged in the case and was found not guilty in General District Court, according to legal records.

Tucker said Friday that his child is still enrolled at Lebanon Middle and is "doing much better."

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