A Virginia mother says her seventh-grade son was choked on a school bus by another student during an alleged bullying incident that left bruises and marks around his neck and face.
The violent altercation from Jan. 23 was captured on video and brought to the attention of Fairfax County Public Schools officials, but they didn’t do enough to protect him, the boy’s mom, Taylor Brock, said.
“They tried to downplay everything,” Brock told Fox News Digital. “They tried saying ‘We did everything that we could,’ and ‘We took the proper safety measures,’ but they didn’t.”
“They didn’t tell the teachers. They didn’t put in the protective order, or make sure my son was safe. He was still seeing her in the hall and still seeing her in the cafeteria. They did nothing.”
Brock said she’s transferring him to another school to protect him, and she filed a police report with the Alexandria Police Department.
Police didn’t respond to a request for comment, as of Saturday afternoon, and the school district issued a statement to the media.
“The school administration handled the situation in line with the student discipline manual FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities,” Fairfax County Public Schools said. “We are unable to share further information due to federal privacy laws.”
It shows a student taking her son’s backpack while students laugh, and tensions quickly escalate when he tries to snatch it back.
The other student grabs him by face and puts her hands around his throat, pinning him against a window.
“This can’t just continue to be another story. There has to be change,” Brock said. “I feel like the best way to make the change is to have preventative measures put in place, so they could teach the kids how to manage anger; overcome depression, stress and peer pressure; and also realizing that every child’s life is important.”
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