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Pasco County school bus aide accused in slapping incident resigns

LAND O'LAKES — James Lambert, the Pasco County school bus aide caught on video slapping a student with autism, has resigned from his job.

Lambert, 57, submitted a three-sentence letter to superintendent Kurt Browning on Tuesday, the day after the district publicly released the video. "I am resigning for personal reasons, effective June 3, 2014," he wrote. "I would like to thank you for the opportunity to have worked for the District and wish you and all of my colleagues success."

Lambert was arrested Friday on child abuse charges, accused of slapping 10-year-old Jeffrey Lamb, who has autism, in the face multiple times while the boy was strapped in his seat. The district's video from June 3, the last day of classes, showed Lambert threatening Jeffrey after the boy swore multiple times, and then hitting him and asking, "Did you like it?"

Lambert, who worked for the district since 1998, returned to the boy's seat about 15 minutes later and struck him again. When confronted by Pasco sheriff's deputies on Friday, Lambert denied hitting Jeffrey until told the video existed, according to a report.

District officials on Tuesday continued to review the role of the bus driver on the route where the incident took place. Meanwhile, Lori Lamb, Jeffrey's mother, said she was nervous about Lambert and headed to the county courthouse with the intent of seeking a restraining order against the former bus aide. She also made plans to meet with an Orlando attorney to discuss legal options.

Lamb added that she took Jeffrey to doctors on Monday, and received a referral for her son to get counseling.

Pasco County school bus aide accused in slapping incident resigns 06/10/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:28pm]
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