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Ocala Florida School Bus Bullies Attack of 13-year-old

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Video released of 13-year-old girl brutally beaten on school bus

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida State Attorney’s Office released video on Thursday of a brutal fistfight on an Ocala school bus that happened on Jan. 6.

The video shows seven students, five girls and two boys, attacking a 13-year-old girl at the back of the bus, while it’s moving.
During the chaos, the bus driver turns around, points and screams something to the crowd of children, but continues to drive. He was also seen using the two-way radio.
The video shows two girls at the front of the bus screaming at the driver “Pull over!”

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The video even comes with this warning:

Warning – Item [RAW VIDEO] School Bus Fight – Ocala, FL might contain content that is not suitable for all ages.

School Bus Beating Surveillance Video Released

RAW VIDEO: Ocala School Bus Fight
Published on Jan 26, 2012
A surveillance camera on a school bus captures a fight

Published on Jan 26, 2012
Prosecutors have released surveillance video of a school bus fight that left a 13-year-old girl injured.

Bullied at the Bus Stop

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Second-grader beaten at bus stop by classmates

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 5:50 pm | Updated: 5:50 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

By Dan Adkins Georgetown News-Graphic

A second-grader was beaten so severely by classmates Wednesday, he was transported to an area hospital for care.

A group of second-graders reportedly ganged up on the boy on their school bus, then followed the boy off the bus and kept beating him, a Scott County sheriff’s deputy said.

Deputy Joshua Bedson said the boy, also a second-grader, was assaulted as the bus approached and entered Spindletop Mobile Home Park off Lisle Road about 2:45 p.m.

The boy, who has not been identified, was taken to Georgetown Community Hospital by Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services. No report on the boy’s condition was availble at press time.

The driver of the bus, identified as Bus No. 36, allowed the boys to get off the bus with the victim at the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Dale Drive, then allowed them back on, several parents at the scene said.

“They were getting off the bus, beating on him,” said parent Janie Schmidt.

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Here are some other cases of students being Bullied at the Bus Stop

Published on Feb 1, 2012
A woman says her son, a second-grader, was badly beaten up by a sixth-grade boy for nearly five minutes on a school bus. She wants to know why the bus driver didn’t do something to help and why the other boy is not suspended.

Published on Nov 18, 2013
CARROLL COUNTY, Ky. (Angenette Levy) — A trio of 13-year-old girls are charged with assault and complicity for planning an attack on another student on a Carroll County school bus. Emily Penn Foster, 13, was riding home on the bus last Friday when she said one of the girls asked her a question. She asked me if I still liked a guy and I told her yes, Penn Foster said. Moments later, Emily said one girl punched her in the face. Cell phone video of the attack shows a second girl grabbing her hair and punching her in the back for more than 20 seconds.

March 2013: Florida Bus Aide Bullies 5 Year Old Special Needs Student

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Published on Apr 3, 2013
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Florida School Bus Aide Arrested for Allegedly Bullying 5-Year-Old Boy

March 30, 2013

A school bus aide in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. was arrested and charged with stalking after surveillance footage showed her allegedly bullying a 5-year-old boy.

Newly released surveillance videos show Daneta McPherson, 37, yelling at the boy and threatening to take him home with her.

In the video, McPherson is seen towering over the child, reducing him to tears as she berates him on the bus.

On at least one occasion, McPherson grabbed the boy and caused him to hit his head on the side of the bus, according to the police report.

A school employee first reported the alleged abuse to police and provided them with videos in December. After a four month long investigation, McPherson was arrested on Thursday.

“He’s an innocent victim,” Port Saint Lucie assistant police chief Richard Del Toro said. “It’s a violation of public trust, as far as I’m concerned.”

McPherson was released from jail on $20,000 bond. Calls to McPherson were not immediately returned Saturday.

The director of communication for the St. Lucie County Schools told “Good Morning America” that McPherson was still with the school district, but in a role away from students.

Her status with the school is pending the legal process, the spokeswoman said.

The boy’s family declined to comment.

Bullying, Abuse and Torture of Special Needs Children: Footage of Judge Rotenberg Center (Graphic)

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Published on Apr 10, 2012
Photosensitive epilepsy warning. Also, graphic and disturbing footage. Sign the petition from a former staff member: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-m…

Take a look at my blog, where I write about disability and autism issues: http://autistichoya.blogspot.com

Latest news article: http://hosted2.ap.org/RIPRJ/94df67899…

For an article from a liberal and progressive news site on the Judge Rotenberg Center (for everyone upset because it’s Fox), see http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2…

Original news article at http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/u…

This is NOT electrostatic or electroconvulsive therapy used for some mental disabilities such as depression or bipolar disorder. This is electric SHOCK used as a punishment.

Andre was asked to take off his jacket. When he refused, staff electric shocked him and he tried to hide under a table. They dragged him out and tied him facedown to a restraint board where he was kept for seven hours without a break, and shocked a total of thirty-one times. In court, it was admitted that all but one of those electric shocks were for tensing up or screaming.

If you are horrified, disgusted, and sickened by what you just watched, please contact the members of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities. There are four bills currently assigned to that committee that target the JRC. Read more about the bills (and see links to their full text) here: http://www.autismeducationproject.org…

The Senate Chair is Michael Rodrigues.
Phone: 617-722-1114
Email: Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov

The House Chair is Kay Khan.
Phone: 617-722-2011
Email: Kay.Khan@mahouse.gov

Call and email and let the members of the Committee know that you support S. 49, S. 50, S. 51, and H. 77. Urge them to report those bills favorably from committee.

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Karen Klein: Bus Monitor Bullied By Students On School Bus Speaks Out On ‘Today Show’ June 21, 2012

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Published on Jun 21, 2012
Karen Huff Klein, a school bus attendant in Greece, N.Y. was caught on video enduring a brazenly profane storm of insults from a group of middle school students. An investigation as since ensued, as well as a fund-raising effort to give Klein the vacation of a lifetime.

Bullied NY Bus Monitor Teaches Kindness Year Later

By CAROLYN THOMPSON 06/23/13

GREECE, N.Y. — No new carpet or furniture for the home she’s lived in for 46 years. No fancy car in the driveway.

After being gifted a life-changing sum following a school bus bullying episode seen around the world a year ago, former bus monitor Karen Klein says she really hasn’t changed all that much.

Sure, the “Today” show mug she drinks coffee from reminds her of the widespread media attention her story brought, and the occasional stranger wants to snap her picture.

She’s also retired, something the 69-year-old widow couldn’t afford before.

But Klein, who drove a school bus for 20 years before spending three years as a monitor, remains as unassuming as she was before learning firsthand how the kindness of strangers can trump the cruelty of four adolescent boys.

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From Education World, Bullying and School Liability: What Administrators Should Know

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Can schools be held legally accountable for student bullying? If so, under what circumstances?

Click here to read full Article by Celine Provini, EducationWorld Editor
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These tough questions have emerged alongside increased awareness of the detrimental effects of bullying. While almost all states have passed new, or strengthened existing, anti-bullying laws, many districts, in the face of rising family legal action concerning bullying, remain unclear regarding legally compliant policies and best practices.

EducationWorld offers the following primer for school leaders concerned about civil liability for bullying and harassment. Schools are encouraged to consult their districts’ legal counsel for information and advice regarding applicable state and federal laws.

Bullying vs. harassment

First, it’s important to note the difference between bullying and legally defined harassment. While we can all agree that any form of bullying is undesirable in a school setting, harassment occurs only when students are bullied based on personal characteristics that trigger special federal protection—namely gender, race or disability. Bullying that constitutes harassment is specifically prohibited by federal law.

It is therefore harassment-related student bullying that when left unchecked by school officials, poses the greatest legal risk. In the Leadership Insider article “School Liability for Bullying & Harassment,” article authors Seamus Boyce and Andrew Manna explain that if schools face the following five circumstances, they are legally liable for peer harassment:

  1. The bullied student is a member of a “protected class” defined under federal civil rights laws—these classes include gender, race and disability. (While his/her sexual orientation would not technically place a student in a protected class, note that in some court cases, students who were bullied for “nonconformity to gender stereotypes” have successfully claimed sex-based harassment.)
  2. The peer harassment was based on the students’ membership in a protected class (e.g., a student was repeatedly mocked for having a developmental disability).
  3. The harassment was severe, pervasive and offensive (this standard takes into account both severity and frequency; if severe, even a one-time incident can qualify).
  4. The school (an official with authority to act) had knowledge of the harassment.
  5. The school was deliberately indifferent to the harassment.

 

http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/bullying-school-legal-liability.shtml

 

Bullying Liability: Pinellas County School Bus Beating

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Published on Aug 1, 2013

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From WFLA:

Bad School Bus Beating In Florida… Bus Driver May Face Charges

Three students are accused of beating a younger student aboard a Pinellas County school bus.

Officials said the bus driver from Lealman Intermediate School called for help when three students “ganged up” on a 13-year-old student, kicking and punching the victim.

The driver stopped the bus near 20th Avenue South and 51st Street. Police said the suspects used the emergency exit of the bus to escape.

Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Lloyd Khemradj, all 15 years old, were arrested a short time later.

An investigation revealed one of the suspects had tried to sell drugs to the victim in a school bathroom. The victim notified officials at the school. Later that day, the suspects and victim rode the same school bus home.

Officials said the victim tried to crawl under a seat on the bus as the suspects punched and kicked the victim for roughly a minute, police said.

The victim suffered a fractured arm.  Police say Joshua Reddin also took the victim’s money after the beating.

All three teens are charged with aggravated battery. Reddin is also charged with unarmed robbery.  All three have been released from police custody.