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Wake school bus driver won't face charges

Posted December 15, 2010 6:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 15, 2010 10:02 p.m. EST

— A Wake County school bus driver accused of slapping a student will not face criminal charges, Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Wednesday.

Ashkenaz Gill, 38, resigned from his job last month after being 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 said, and his capacity to understand and learn is that of a 3-year-old.

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

Tourscher called the district attorney’s decision “ridiculous” and said the decision was based on Cory’s inability to clearly articulate what happened.

“Because he is disabled, he is not entitled to the protection of the laws of this state," Tourscher said.

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