Police investigators, working off of a report from the Vacaville School District, arrested Kim Klopson, 64, of Vacaville on felony allegations of child abuse, police announced Wednesday in a press release.
The investigation followed an incident Feb. 6 related to a special-needs second-grader at Browns Valley Elementary School, according to the release.
Klopson, working as a bus driver for the district, dropped a group of special-needs students at the school, police said in the releasel. The victim didn’t want to exit the bus and police suspect Klopson forcibly removed the child from the bus.
The child had abrasions as a result of the incident, police said.
Klopson was removed from duty that day as the district began its investigation, according to the release. She no longer works for the district.
“There are no words to explain why anyone would mistreat a child in that way,” Vacaville schools Superintendent Jane Shamieh said in a prepared statement. “No child should ever experience something like that, especially at school. We immediately initiated police involvement and have been in full support of the investigation.”
Police concluded their investigation shortly before noon Wednesday, at which point Klopson was arrested and booked into the county jail, police report. Booking information was not available later Wednesday.
The incident was recorded by cameras installed on the school bus, Shamieh said in a separate statement. A community meeting about the incident is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the district’s Educational Services Center, 401 Nut Tree Road.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Officer Matt Adame at 469-4807.