Sheriff: Ore. school bus driver attacked by boy

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HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. (AP) -- A Clackamas County sheriff's officer says an autistic boy attacked a 68-year-old school bus driver, biting and scratching the woman until a passing motorist rushed to help her.

Sgt. Adam Phillips said Alice Scoggin was "bleeding badly" after the attack Thursday and appeared to have been bitten on her hands, arms and possibly her face. She was reported in good condition at a hospital.

The officer says the unidentified boy, aged 10 to 12, was taken into protective custody and will undergo psychological exams.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/6ZcSA7 ) the driver was taking several special needs students to a middle school in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley.

North Clackamas School District spokesman Joe Krumm says the district has "no history with this child on buses." He noted there are federal guidelines about disciplining students with disabilities.

Sheriff's officers are investigating as well.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com