I don't want to fear everything about sending my kids off to school, but I'm starting to get panicky, particularly when I see a video of a girl getting beaten by another student on the back of a school bus and, instead of stopping it, another kid is filming it. This all started in Pasco County, Florida, when Chase Cristia, a 16-year-old 10th grader at Mitchell High School, tried to diffuse an incident in the lunchroom when her friend was being picked on. She was threatened by another student who told her to "wait until later on the bus." Cristia reported the threat to her assistant principal but took the bus home as usual because they seemed to think nothing would happen.
Someone knew this was going to happen. Because not only did a girl march to the back of the bus to beat Cristia up, the attacker was filmed walking back there before the incident even started.
The kid filming seemed to be in on it, and the girl who did the repeated punching over the head didn't stop until a student stood up to her 16 seconds later. But by then, the damage was done and a young girl was visibly hurt and shaken by being attacked by a student she didn't even know.
If you're wondering what went on with the bus driver, it does seem he or she didn't have time to pull over before the beating was done. Though there was some issue with how fast it was reported. Who knows what the driver saw because it did happen fast and at the opposite end of the bus.
Then the incident was posted on Facebook and shared all over. To add to the pain of being assaulted, Cristia is now being teased by classmates because most everyone has seen the video, what happened, and sadly some kids think it's funny. But because of this, the two students involved, both in the 10th grade as well, were suspended. The Cristia family is pressing charges and filing a restraining order.
Kids can be mean. Kids can be cruel to each other. Kids do make mistakes and hopefully learn from them. I'm truly hoping that's the case here because Chase revealed that she did get an apology letter from the girl who attacked her. It read: "I'm sorry. I am so sorry, Chase." ABC News also reported that the attacker was hospitalized after making threats to harm herself after the incident. This just makes me so sad for everyone. Perhaps she can get help and learn from this and move on a better person. Why do our kids get so angry at others and the outcome is to fight it out? Why so much physical violence against each other?
As parents, we worry. But as parents, we can just do the best we can in teaching our kids what's right and wrong and hope they listen and learn and never find ourselves on either end of this kind of situation.
Do you worry about violence like this at your kid's school?
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