Former Poudre School District Paraprofessional Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Assaulting Disabled Students on School Bus

Former Poudre School District Paraprofessional Sentenced to Over 10 Years for Assaulting Disabled Students on School Bus

Former Poudre School District paraprofessional, Tyler Zanella, has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison and two years in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting disabled students on a school bus. Zanella, 37, faced charges including hitting an at-risk person, two counts of child abuse, and two counts of harassment.

The arrest of Zanella took place in May when evidence was discovered by the police, indicating that he had physically abused a non-verbal autistic child on his bus route. Subsequent investigations revealed bus surveillance footage that captured Zanella abusing 10 more children, according to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Initially facing over 160 charges of child abuse, harassment, and assault, Zanella ultimately pleaded guilty to the top charge for each of the 11 victims. The district attorney’s office, in a news release, stated that Zanella’s claim of not causing any long-term effects to the children was a lie.

On April 12, Zanella was sentenced to two years in the Larimer County Jail and 10.5 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. The abuse incidents occurred during the 2022-2023 school year.

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  1. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States have a developmental disability, highlighting the importance of ensuring their safety and well-being in educational settings.

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