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Family claims son was attacked by school bus driver

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Arizona Jacobowitz, or AJ, is the 13-year-old son of Irwin and Pearl Jacobowitz.

AJ is autistic. He requires special schooling and special transport to and from school.

But AJ hasn't taken his First Student bus in over a month. His parents say he was assaulted by the bus driver on Oct. 7 on the way home from Pathways Teaching Center in Coventry.

"I'm looking at him. His face was swollen. His eyes were blackened," said Irwin Jacobowitz.

And that's when the bus just sped off, according to AJ's parents. His parents said their son could not verbalize what exactly had happened to him.

"He's yelling, hurt, blood, this and that," said Irwin Jacobowitz.

The Jacobowitzes provided NBC 10 with video they took of AJ's injuries. They took AJ to Hasbro Children's Hospital and doctors said he had broken blood vessels in his face and suffered multiple contusions.

"The first few nights, he would just awake at night and start screaming because of (the attack). It's been difficult," said Pearl Jacobowitz.

The parents are still trying to find out what happened on Oct. 7. However, Irwin Jacobowitz said he caught up to the bus driver after he saw his son that day and the driver said, "I am not driving this (expletive) animal around anymore. He's a (expletive) animal."

Irwin Jacobowitz told NBC 10 he saw blood on the bus driver's hands. He said AJ's lip was bleeding when he got home from school.

He also said that police received a call from an East Providence woman who said she witnessed an adult holding a student down on the bus at the time of the incident.

"He had marks on his face from the seat of the bus," said Pearl Jacobowitz.

A representative from First Student told NBC 10 that it's not the policy of First Student to comment on active investigations.

The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office confirmed to NBC 10 that state police are leading an investigation.

The Jacobowitzes said they have also retained an attorney.

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