Parents angry after reported fight on school bus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Angry parents surrounded a school bus, trying to get answers regarding a reported fight on school bus earlier this week.

Tamika Williams said her daughter goes to Stonewall Jackson Elementary. She said her daughter came home Wednesday afternoon and told her she'd been assaulted on the school bus.

"My daughter got off the bus and she came running up to me crying. I asked her what was wrong. It was a young gentleman that choked her," she said.

Another mom, who did not want to be identified, said her son was also a victim. She said he was kicked in the face by another child and had blood all over him.

"He was scared and he was crying," she said.

The parents tried to talk to the school bus driver at the bus stop Thursday morning. They found out it wasn't the same driver who was on the bus the day of the reported fight.

During the ordeal, a parent called the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to make sure things did not get out of hand.

First Coast News reached out to Duval County Schools to get their take on what happened.

"District transportation and the school were first made aware of this incident this morning. As the circumstances of the incident are still being investigated, an incident report is currently unavailable. Bus drivers are expected to report any incidents/fights on their bus to the bus company's dispatcher which in this case, the bus driver did. There are cameras on the bus. The bus company and district transportation will use video from the bus to conduct their investigation into the incident. Pending the outcome of the investigation, students will be disciplined based on the Student Code of Conduct," said Tia Ford, Supervisor and External Communications & Media Relations for Duval County Schools.

First Coast News also asked the timeline that parents are notified of a situation, like a fight, on a school bus.

"Bus drivers do not have student/parent phone numbers. The process requires that the bus driver report the incident and students involved to their bus company's dispatcher, who notifies DCPS transportation and the students' school. From there, the school will notify parents. Whether that happens on the same day or the next day depends on the time of the incident," Ford said.

Williams said she plans to drive her kids to school from now on.

"I'm scared for my child's life to be honest with you. I don't know what's going to happen to my child. I just need to make sure my kids are okay and my kids are safe," she said.


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