WLBT News has obtained video of a violent school bus beating. The incident happened after school Tuesday as Wingfield High School students were on their way home.
The victim's family is angry about what they call a lack of protection for their children. A cell phone video was taken by a student on the Jackson Public School bus Tuesday afternoon. It shows a student violently being beaten, then the attacker bails out of the back of the bus.
"He snatched my book bag and I got up to try to get my book bag. He threw it beside me and I reached to pick it up and that's when he hit me," said beating victim Tullous Burrow.
Burrow, who's 14-years-old, says his attacker is another Wingfield student who was suspended and was not supposed to be on the school grounds. But somehow he got on the bus.
"How come a 16-year-old that isn't supposed to be at school is even on school property with an ankle monitor, harassing other kids," asked the victim's godmother, Letisha Meeks.
Burrow received several injuries as a result of the beating. "My eye is swollen, as you can see, loose tooth, it's starting to heal back up. My ear was throbbing, a busted blood vein in my eye," added Burrow.
JPS officials say they have started an investigation. Spokesperson, Peggy Hampton says the district is continuing to gather facts and will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete.
Family members are critical of the bus driver and the driver's lack of concern for the injured student. "We haven't heard back from the superintendent. The bus driver didn't stop to check on my godson after the incident. He could have been fatally wounded," said Meeks.
A statement was emailed to WLBT by Jackson Public School officials and says they started an investigation Wednesday afternoon when they first heard of the incident. However, family members dispute that saying that JPS officials knew about the incident the day it happened, which was Tuesday.
The statement also says school investigators have interviewed witnesses and spoke with family members of the students involved in Tuesday's altercation.
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