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Wake school bus driver accused of slapping student resigns

Posted November 17, 2010 5:41 p.m. EST

— A Wake County school bus driver accused of slapping a student resigned on Wednesday, school district spokesman Michael Evans said. 

Ashkenaz Gill, 38, had been suspended with pay, pending the results of internal and criminal investigations. 

Mark Tourscher said his 5-year-old son, Cory, and another child were playing on a bus from Wendell Elementary School on Nov. 5 when the driver hit Cory. 

Cory has dyspraxia, a neurological condition that affects speech and motor skills, his father says, and his capacity to understand and learn is that of a 3-year-old.

Gill disputes the accusation, saying he has children with special needs of his own and that he would never hit a child.

Gill had been a bus driver for the district for two years, Evans said.