A Facebook user uploaded a cruel video of a boy being bullied on a school bus in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. The video has since gone viral, attracting public outcry over the injustice dealt to the boy. Concrete details haven’t been released on the incident yet, but the Mayes County Sherriff’s department is currently running an investigation on the matter.
A noteworthy element in the viral video was the driver’s reaction. The man didn’t attempt to separate kids or do anything to protect the boy. He simply yelled at him to get off of the bus. The boy begged and sobbed, conveying to the driver that there was a someone waiting to attack him. His pleas fell on deaf as he was dragged off of the bus where he was forced to confront the bully and was unfortunately attacked.
In an interview with 5news TV, Major Rod Howell of the Sheriff’s office said investigations are going on based on the 47-second video. This video was recorded by a student on the bus. “The video is alarming itself and obviously, it’s enough to start an investigation,” he said.
“Are you gonna punch me? You’re gonna kill and try to punch me. No! Please! I don’t wanna go…”
The sixth-grader cried and trembled in utter fear. He was being attacked by a ninth-grader. In the video, it could be seen that a couple of kids had ganged up against the boy. More than one voice was threatening him, telling him to get off the bus.
The boy tried to pitch the matter with the driver, complaining that someone was trying to punch him. Surprisingly, the driver barked at him to get off at the bus stop. “Hey! Get out of here. Go! Get out of here…” The driver could be heard shouting at the kid, who was pleading to be dropped at his house instead of the bus stop.
Seconds later, the boy was forcefully removed from the bus. A hooded individual then jumped on him, dealing several heavy punches. The video was cut off at this point.
At the moment, the reasons for the driver’s actions are yet to be known.
More evidence coming up
Major Howell explained that another video shot by a student has been acquired. The two videos would be used in conjunction with the surveillance cameras on the bus to get to the root of the matter.
The school posted a statement on the issue on their Facebook page. It read:
”Locust Grove Public Schools had an incident take place January 17th on one of our school buses involving two students. The incident was turned over to law enforcement and the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a complete investigation. The students’ and bus driver’s actions have been addressed internally.”
No further details have been released. Agitated parents on the Facebook page insist the driver should be fired with immediate effect, and the bullies indefinitely suspended. Bullying of any nature should never be taken lightly.
A collective effort to stop bullying in schools
Bullying is a serious issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Many children go through what this boy went through every single day. In the classroom, in the cafeteria, in the halls, and on the bus. The unfortunate reality is that someone is falling victim every day. Bullying has been attributed to childhood depression and even suicide. This is no small issue, and eradicating bullying will be a collective effort. The state, school authorities, parents, teachers, and kids all have to work together to keep the schools safe.
State laws have to be more definitive to address bullying. The school authority has to set up pep talks and regular rallies, aimed at educating the kids on the dangers of bullying. Adequate measures need to be taken to address bullies themselves and to discourage others from treading the same paths. Teachers, parents, and students have to be aware of children who seem withdrawn or hurt. We must address any issue of bullying, no matter how small. They have to develop an open relationship with their children and be aware of what goes on in their lives.
Most importantly, kids have to learn to speak up without fear. For this reason, schools need to have protective policies in place to shield kids who speak up from more harm. Kids should be free with an adult they trust, especially their parents or guidance counselors. The case should be reported immediately to prevent further occurrences.
The reasons behind bullying are multifactorial, and won’t be addressed with band-aid solutions. Individuals against bullying are commendable, but a united effort is needed to stop it. Everyone has to do their part to make schools safer for our children. The key is not to lay blame, but to find solutions.
- Tiffany Credle. 2019, January 28. Video Shows Boy Tearfully Pleading to Stay on School Bus Before He’s Kicked Off and Attacked by a Bully. Retrieved from https://dearly.com/boy-kicked-bus-attacked-bully/
- Marcia Baldwin Reidmiller. 2019, January 28. https://www.facebook.com/marcia.reidmiller/posts/10215434597756362
- Julianna Clipson. 2019, January 24. Oklahoma Police Investigating Viral Video Of Student Being Bullied On Bus. Retrieved from https://5newsonline.com/2019/01/24/oklahoma-police-investigating-viral-video-of-student-being-bullied-on-bus/
- Locust Grove Public Schools. 2019, January 24. https://web.facebook.com/Locust-Grove-Public-Schools-183639728333741/?ref=br_rs
- Official website. https://www.stopbullying.gov
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