News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Florence Bradley's first grader was injured while getting bullied during a bus ride. (WRDW-TV)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- One local mother says her school isn't doing enough to prevent bullying after her son's bus trip home ended in a hospital visit.
"Why would you leave my son like this?" Florence Bradley asked. "Why would you leave him in a bloody mess?"
Bradley says her 6-year-old son, Omarion, was assaulted on the bus by two boys. Omarion is a first grader at Meadowbrook Elementary.
"Other kids had to come tell me that my son was kicked in the face and he was punched," Bradley said.
The school bus drops Omarion off every day in front of his house. But Bradley says on Monday when he came inside, he was bleeding from the nose and mouth.
She says even though the school has a Code of Conduct, something more needed to be done in this situation.
"I feel there needs to be a secondary adult on the bus to monitor the kids," Bradley said. "It's not fair for the bus driver to do all that by himself. It's not right."
Meadowbrook officials say there is a plan in place when things like this happen.
"First of all, we do an investigation of everything," Meadowbrook Principal John Felton explained. "That's just the protocol that the school system has in place."
In this case, bus cameras will help with the investigation.
"Sometimes, we find that it's just a case that we can mediate with the students, we can mediate the parent," Felton said. "We get the guidance counselor involved, we get the parents involved and we can solve it that way."
The school's Code of Conduct also says they can use harsher measures, such as suspension or expulsion.
Bradley says she wants those harsher measures.
"My son wakes up in the middle of the night, crying, screaming -- [he] can't sleep," she said.
Felton promises kids always come first and the faculty works hard to keep kids safe and happy.
"When we're in this building until they get back home, we're a big family," he said. "And that's how I want us to act, as though we are just a family, and we're going to act in each other's best interest."
Felton said they're taking this case very seriously. The incident is still under investigation and all parents of the children involved are being kept in the loop.
Bradley says Omarion was shaken by the incident but is doing well physically.