A mother from Jacksonville, Florida, has released a video of apparent aggressive, physical bullying of her daughter on a school bus. Nikki Lee’s sixth grade daughter was injured when she was beaten on her school bus. The girl, whose name has been withheld, was kicked in the head, slapped in the head, and jumped upon by two of her schoolmates while on the school bus. A cell phone video camera caught the entire alleged bullying encounter on tape.
Nikki Lee told WSOC TV that the bus driver never offered her daughter any help that day, and that the school did not act appropriately to handle the bullying on the bus.
“I don’t think they acted fast enough. Matter of fact, I don’t think they would’ve known about it if I didn’t proceed with caution to see what’s going on with my daughter.”
Nikki turned to the media in an attempt to force accountability onto the Duval County Public Schools school district, according to the Daily Mail.
“They basically beat her like she was nothing,” Lee said of the alleged bullying on the Florida bus.
The school district official allegedly told Lee that they would investigate the matter, but was concerned that the children involved in bullying her daughter were still allowed in school the day after it happened. She told the media that her daughter continued to be threatened throughout the school day.
The district released a statement, saying that the children involved in the alleged bullying encounter on the bus “are being disciplined according to the Code of Conduct. A full investigation is underway to identify additional participants and the person(s) videotaping.”
Florida has an anti-bullying law, according to the district’s website which states, “Florida Statute 1006.147, ‘The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act,‘ prohibits bullying and harassment of any student or employee of a public K-12 educational institution.” In order to address bullying, the district says it has a comprehensive investigation process.
“In accordance with the state statute, the Duval County School Board has developed an anti-bullying policy to address bullying in the district. Bullying should be reported to the designated school administrator, who will conduct an investigation. Pending the outcome of the investigation, reports of bullying will be deemed substantiated or unsubstantiated. Students found to be in violation for a bullying offense against The Code of Student Conduct will be given consequences aligned with the Code of Student Conduct. Individuals involved maybe referred for appropriate services, if applicable.”
The law considers bullying to be “systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students.” The reports do not make it clear if any bullying activities had occurred to the Jacksonville sixth-grader prior to the attack on the school bus, but it was reportedly continued after the events on the bus.
[Photo via Duval County Public Schools]