JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Off the bus is the punishment a Duval County middle student received for her role in attacking a classmate on a First Student bus earlier this month.
The attack was video taped on cell phone and showed a 13 year-old girl hit at least 10 times, according to a police report. The teen who was hit missed a week of school, according to her parents, and had to be seen by a doctor for blows to her eye.
"The student has been revoked of the right to travel on the bus," said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, who was disturbed by what he saw.
Vitti said the administrators at Eugene Butler Middle wanted to transfer the teenage girl who threw the punches to an alternative school. Vitti said that proposed action did not happen.
"If an incident was at the school, we have more purview and options regarding discipline," said Vitti, who noted policy for a school bus offense cannot result in a student sent to an alternative school.
The bus company involved, First Student, in a statement said the driver was not aware of the incident that happened at a bus stop. A spokesperson said the driver did receive additional training.
Vitti said the district is still investigating the incident including whether the bus driver did what he was supposed to do.
The teen involved in the attack was arrested and faces battery charges.
First Coast News