Cell phone videos taken in classrooms, cafeterias, and school buses continue to show a shocking trend of violence in American schools. Just two weeks ago, a clip surfaced on social media showing two teen boys beating a 9-year-old girl on a school bus. Around the same time, on February 3, a 14-year-old New Jersey girl committed suicide after video began circulating on TikTok showing her being brutally assaulted with a water bottle by a group of students in the hallway of her school.
Now, another video, this one out of Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia, shows a young white boy on a bus being choked by a large black girl in a video that lasts a full minute and doesn’t appear to show any intervention by an adult, except for the sound of the bus driver telling the kids not to switch seats while the vehicle is in motion.
Fort Belvoir, Va.: Taylor Brock has posted video of her son being choked on a school bus by a much larger female student on Jan. 23. She’s sharing the video now because she says @W_WhitmanMS Middle School in Alexandria has been inadequate in their response.https://t.co/M7xLE3z5rN pic.twitter.com/UzhZ6pYODn— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 16, 2023
Taylor Brock said her 12-year-old son, who is a seventh grader at Walt Whitman Middle School in Alexandria, came home with red marks and bruises around his throat from the attack, which took place in late January. She claims the same girl seen in the video assaulting her son also stole a toy from him some months ago and has been bullying him for a long time.
Immediately after seeing the proof of the attack on her son’s neck, Brock said she went to the school and demanded accountability, only to be told the school would “take care of it” without telling her exactly what actions would be taken against the girl who strangled her kid. Brock said she later found out the girl had returned to school after merely a short suspension.
"If I did what that girl did, I would be in jail right now. So, I don't do things like that because I know there's a harsher punishment, but for her, what? Suspension? Or what? You're going to talk to my mom? It's not a big deal to the kids anymore,” she told ABC7 News.
“The example that you're setting for other students that see her come back after strangling somebody. Also, what justice is that for my son? He gets traumatized for life and she gets suspension? She should be expelled,” Brock went on.
Brock also said neither the girl nor school officials have respected a court order she obtained from a judge mandating that the girl stay at least 50 feet away from her son at all times, claiming the girl has been allowed to sit behind her son in the lunch room and has continued bullying him. Left with no real choice, Brock, whose family is active duty military and who’ve lived in the area for less than a year, says she’s planning to move her son to another school.
“These parents ask me what they need to do to get the schools to take action - and I have to say, ‘I don’t know. The school has video of a crime and a protection order and they still only believed that suspension was enough to keep my child safe,’” she said.
For a country that supposedly takes school safety extremely serious when it comes to guns, it sure seems like students attacking other kids in the hallways and choking them out on the ride home doesn't trigger many alarms for districts who'd rather push "equity" and play politics than hold youth accountable for their own violent actions.
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