NC mother says bully has not yet been punished after daughter assaulted on bus
A Mount Holly couple is demanding Gaston County Schools change its bullying policy after they said cell phone video showed a student slapping and pulling the hair of their fifth-grade daughter, who has special needs, on a school bus.
on a september afternoon as the school bus arrived to drop off Melissa Brown's daughter lily, her classmates bounded down the steps and ran to Melissa lily needs her mommy, she's been hurt. So I I actually climbed up onto the school bus and I scooped her up and I said, you know, it's okay. I'm here. What happened? Lily has an intellectual disability After being born premature. Melissa says other students told her a classmate pulled lily's hair and slapped her. She says IDa Rankin Elementary school administrators began investigating. They were very concerned and they said, you know, we're going to take this very seriously. We're going to make sure this gets handled. She says the school told her the busses camera didn't record the incident, but a classmate cellphone did. The parent that showed me the video said that they had taken the video to the school that very next day and said this is what happened. But Melissa says she didn't see this video until two weeks later. I was terrified. I couldn't believe it was that bad in the school said nothing. They should have made me aware of what happened to my daughter Gaston County Schools says, administrators called police. As soon as they saw this video, the county says, this case is now in juvenile court. Attorney holding clark has experienced in juvenile and education cases. He's not involved in this particular case. The whole idea behind a juvenile court case is to be rehabilitative to get services in place for kids who are having struggles that are leading them into a situation where they're finding themselves charged with criminal actions, he says the courts are still catching up following pandemic related delays. Melissa says her daughter's case has already been postponed. She wants the county to be more forthcoming and how they punish students who bullied. She's not as trustable with her peers as she once was. I feel like she's lost a lot of that security, Gaston County Schools says, because of student privacy laws, they can't get into the specifics about this case. They did say that the school followed its disciplinary procedures. Brandon Goldner, WCNC charlotte.