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Bus driver arrested, fired after allegedly abusing special needs student

Kim Klopson was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse.
Kim Klopson was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse. Vacaville Police Department

A 64-year-old bus driver was arrested Tuesday in Vacaville after police say she left a special needs student with physical injuries.

Kim Klopson drove a busload of special needs students Tuesday morning to Browns Valley Elementary School, according to a Vacaville Police Department news release. When one of the students – a second-grade girl – refused to exit the bus, Klopson allegedly began yelling at her before physically grabbing and forcibly moving her.

The girl suffered abrasions as a result of Klopson using excessive force, according to the news release. Browns Valley principal Lynn Benevides initiated an investigation and removed Klopson from driving duties after a staffer told her about the student’s injuries.

Police arrested Klopson on suspicion of felony child abuse just before noon Wednesday after reviewing security footage, consulting the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and interviewing several witnesses. She is no longer a Vacaville Unified School District employee, but was not in Solano County Jail custody as of Thursday morning.

“There are no words to explain why anyone would mistreat a child in that way. No child should ever experience something like that, especially at school,” said Jane Shamieh, Vacaville Unified School District superintendent, in the release. “We hope that the consequences and charges filed reach the fullest extent of the law. At this time, we are turning our attention toward the child, the child’s family and all of our families to ensure we are meeting their needs and addressing their valid concerns.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Officer Matt Adame at 707-469-4807.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel