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Witness speaks out in case where two teachers allegedly assault student

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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF)- A Darlington judge removed himself from an assault case where two school employees are accused of slapping a Special Needs student on a school bus. It was all captured on the bus's surveillance camera. Now the bus driver is speaking out.

Darlington Municipal Court officials say Judge Dan Causey, assigned to that case, stepped down because he says he knows one of the women facing charges.

The bus driver who witnessed the incident said she reported what she saw happen to her supervisor and the Assistant Principal, but says the tapes weren't pulled until the next day.

"They're trying to keep me hushed, nobody never asked the driver, who was the driver or how the driver felt.. I'm tore up," said Darlington County school bus driver, Yvonne MackColclough.

MackColclough told WMBF News she feels like she failed the parents of the child.

"I promise the parents that any child that comes on my bus, that I will take care of their children and that they had nothing to worry about," said MackColclough.

MackColclough says she is a bus driver for Special Needs students at St. John's Elementary in April, when two school employees appeared to assault one of her passengers.

But she says another eye was watching them that day.

"The teachers did not know there was a camera on the bus," she said.

In the surveillance video we obtained from the Darlington Police Department, you can see a 10 year-old Special Needs student get yanked, slapped and even pushed.

Police say the women you see in this video are teachers.

The two women say they were just trying to get the student in his safety harness.

Right after the incident on the video, you can see MackColclough approach the student and then yell at one of the employees.

"You don't put hands on him," she said.

Police say Rosanna Dudley, a behavioral manager, and Tomeka Self, a teacher's aid are the women in the video.

Both were arrested days after the incident, and are currently out on bond.

MackColclough says she hasn't spoken to the child's parents since the incident, but says she does have something to say.

"I'm so sorry, I wish I could have done more for him, I'm so sorry... Please help him," she said, crying.

Since the original judge, Dan Causey stepped down from the court hearing on this case - a new judge has been assigned.

A new court date has not yet been set.

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