The first thing you should know about this story is that it contains disturbing details and a link to an even more disturbing video.
Which brings us to the second thing you should know: the kids are far, far from alright.
Cell phone footage caught the extremely disturbing moment when two teen boys began violently beating a 9-year-old little girl on a school bus in an attack that lasted nearly half a minute and appeared to show no efforts by anyone - including any adults - to stop the assault.
The violent beating took place on a bus in Homestead, Fla. on Feb. 1 and involved students at Coconut Palm K-8 Academy. In the video, a much larger black boy who appears to be in his early teens suddenly begins repeatedly punching the little third-grader in the head while she covers her face with her arms, unable to go anywhere to escape. Another boy joins the assault a few seconds later in an attack that would have made national news if certain epidermal details had been reversed.
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Viral video shows two boys beating a 9-year-old girl on a school bus in Homestead, Fla. on Feb. 1. The mother of the girl says she has reported bullying to Coconut Palm K-8 Academy but was informed they couldn’t do anything. pic.twitter.com/y3FlfrtNyJ
Perhaps even more shocking than the attack itself is that the bus reportedly had an adult aide in addition to the driver, neither of whom intervened during the attack.
Jenni, the mother’s child, told local reporters her two kids had only been enrolled at the school three weeks when both her daughter and 10-year-old son were attacked on the bus on the same day. She said she had already complained to the school about bullying but had been told there was nothing school officials could do, with other parents reporting having had the same problem.
“We’ve had issues before with my son and the kids on the bus, and also in the cafeteria and at dismissal,” she told a local outlet. “I already drew the line and I was also on phone with the district -- I spoke with someone from the district -- and the only thing they could advise me of was to continue to speak with the principal and pull up a bully report.”
Another mom even said she finally took her son out of the school after he was bullied in gym class, saying that a school official had told her that "What happens in P.E. stays in P.E."
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The problem had gotten so bad, the local CBS affiliate confirmed Jenni had reached out to the news outlet about the academy’s bullying problem just hours before the assault against her daughter took place.
"Emotionally, I couldn't even last two minutes. 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," she said.
Miami-Dade Schools Police said in a statement that they have arrested at least one of the little girl’s attackers, with Jenni saying she plans to pursue criminal charges.
The school district also issued a statement claiming that "The safety and well-being 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," the district continued.
And therein lies the real problem, doesn't it?
Just two weeks ago, at least two teenage girls ages 17 and 15 were arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery for violently beating another female student at West Broward High School in Pembroke, Florida.
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