A revolting video showing a small 9-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother being brutally attacked by a group of older teenagers while riding a Florida school bus has ended up going viral, spawning a massive storm of outrage and prompting the arrest of one of the attackers.
The video of the girl being attacked this past Wednesday has managed to garner well over 6.6 million total views as of Friday morning. The girl, along with her brother, are students of Coconut Palm Academy located in Homestead, Florida.
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“Emotionally, I couldn’t even last two minutes,” exclaimed the young child’s mother, who has since been identified as Jenni. “I couldn’t look at the video. Like any mother, I am destroyed. I fell to my knees and at that moment I said I have to do something. … Another kid came out of nowhere and hit my son and he fell to his knees, and they started to hit him.”
“This needs to be taken care of right away,” exclaimed the mother. “Our children are in danger at school where we are trusting other people to do their jobs. That’s not justifiable. It doesn’t matter what was said. Our kids need to learn that through violence nothing is resolved.”
The teen boy who carried out this barbaric and ruthless attack against the young girl has reportedly been issued a civil citation, as reported by NBC South Florida.
As explained by the parents of the kids who had been attacked, their children first attended this particular school back in January and had been the subject of heavy bullying prior to the incident on the bus, reported the River City Post. The parents have chosen to take their kids out of the school and have stated their intent to seek legal action.
Another mother who has a third-grader at the school explained to CBS News, “My son was bullied at that school, since the beginning of the school year.” she stated when she explained the situation to teachers and administrators who chose to do nothing. “There was an incident during P.E. and she said that what happens in P.E. stays in P.E. and that to me was just bewildering. … I had to pull my kid out of the school, cause that school doesn’t care about their children,” she explained.
Officials with Miami-Dade County Public Schools put forth their own statement about the incident.
“Additionally, those involved will be disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct,” the statement expressed. “The safety and wellbeing of our students is of the utmost importance. This school district goes to great lengths to promote the values of restraint and respect as well as using social media responsibly. We ask that parents reinforce these principles at home.”