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Two former Columbus City Schools employees charged with misdemeanor assault


Two former Columbus City Schools employees face misdemeanor assault charges for an incident last year involving a child riding the bus.

Court documents allege that 69-year old Mona Smith, an intervention aide, was video recorded last November grabbing and pushing a child into a seat, busting their lip. The bus driver, 44-year old Nikita Pickett, was also charged in the incident. Both will be arraigned on charges Monday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

A Columbus City Schools spokeswoman responded with an emailed statement that read, "The District investigated the allegations and subsequent hearing. Ms. Smith and Ms. Pickett are no longer employed with the District."

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.