Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Student Beaten on Bus; It's Caught on Videotape; Middle-School Victim's Mother Says Driver Did Not Stop to Help

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Student Beaten on Bus; It's Caught on Videotape; Middle-School Victim's Mother Says Driver Did Not Stop to Help

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Byline: Dana Treen, The Times-Union

A Landon Middle School student who took a beating that was recorded on videotape during a bus ride home last week will move to another Jacksonville school, his mother said Wednesday.

Sashemia Small said she is upset that the First Student bus driver did not stop to help her 12-year-old son, who is seen on the tape being punched by several other students for about 30 seconds.

"Even after the incident occurred he finished his route," Small said. "I don't think at any time he had control over his bus."

The victim, who is not being named by the Times-Union because he is a juvenile, will be transferred to another school, the family was told Wednesday.

"I don't feel, at any point, safe sending him back to Landon," Small said.

The victim said he thought the driver could have intervened.

"He didn't stop the boys or anything," he said. "He just let them off at their stop."

Seven middle school students have been suspended and school administrators were told Wednesday that the driver has been placed on administrative leave, school system spokeswoman Marsha Oliver said.

Oliver said First Student's policy does not allow drivers to touch students who are in fights. The name of the driver was not being released by First Student, said John Ziegler, the company's regional operations manager. He said a review of the driver's actions will take a couple of days.

"I'm reviewing the whole situation," he said.

A regional vice president with First Student met with school administrators, gave them a copy of the videotape and spoke with Superintendent John Fryer on Wednesday, Oliver said.

The incident apparently grew out of a confrontation the victim had with the main attacker, a 13-year-old student who also rides the bus, during the school day, but an administrator stepped in to stop it. …

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