A bully can turn something like going to the bus stop or recess into a nightmare for kids. Bullying can leave deep emotional scars. And in extreme situations, it can involve violent threats, property damage, or someone getting seriously hurt.
This is exactly what happened to a Georgia boy who jumped out of a Walton County school bus window, fell onto highway 81, and hit a passing pickup truck to escape the terrible bullies on the bus.
Dion Murphy told FOX5 Atlanta that his son fled out of a bus window as he was being beaten by other students.
“One student jumped in his face, he was pushing him against the window, when he fell, the other student took his shoe and in a desperate attempt to escape it, he jumped out the window,” Murphy said.
The distraught father added, “I believe he was trying to escape the situation. At this moment, he felt back was up against the wall.”
The bus was stopped in a turning lane when the unnamed boy made his escape, according to Georgia State Patrol.
Now, Murphy wants school officials to explain why the bullying got so severe that the boy nearly jumped to his death from the school bus onto the busy highway.
The incident occurred near Youth Monroe Road along Highway 81. The victim was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he received treatment for his injuries. The boy’s arm was placed into a cast to heal.
Murphy has obtained several videos showing his son get bullied on the bus throughout the school year. Now, he wants the school district to do something to protect his beloved boy and other victims of bullying.
This wasn’t the first time that the boy was bullied. Murphy told the news station that the bullying had been going on all year and had gotten so bad that he met with school administrators in March.
“I recently saw a tape that a girl was hitting on him as well. There’s another tape of him being dragged down the aisle, there’s more video of the boys from this May 5th situation,” he told the news station.
Murphy’s son is no longer enrolled at the school.
“This generation’s kids are even killing themselves because they’re being bullied,” he said. “It broke my heart because this is something that shouldn’t have ever happened, way before this matter happened.”
Here’s what A Walton County Schools representative said:
“Following a bus incident on May 5, a Walton County School District student sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The other students and driver on the bus were not injured. School and district officials are aware of the bullying allegations made in connection with this event. The Walton County School District does not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. The incident is being thoroughly investigated by school officials, and any disciplinary issues that may arise will be handled appropriately at the school level.”