Dad says son beaten at bus stop as others watched - FOX Carolina 21

Dad says son beaten at bus stop as others watched

Posted: Updated: May 23, 2012 06:48 AM
A South Carolina Public School bus. (File/FOX Carolina) A South Carolina Public School bus. (File/FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One Union middle school student said he was beaten up while the school bus driver and other kids watched but did not intervene.

"He was beat down like a dog," said Daniel Watts, who told FOX Carolina a bus driver did nothing to stop an after-school fight at the bus stop involving his 13-year-old son Ryan.

"Yesterday, he gets off the bus and another kid jumped him while the school bus driver sat there with a whole bus load of children and watched the fight while two children fought like pit bulls," said Watts.

His son Ryan said since January he's been bullied online and at Simms Middle School where he is a student.  He said it all got physical Monday at the bus stop.

"As soon as I took a step back he came rushing at me and when he came rushing at me he pushed me," said Ryan.

He said for about five minutes he was pushed and punched while a bus full of students egged on the fight and the bus driver sat there.

"He did not call it in. He did not make a report on it. He did nothing about it to stop it," said Ryan.

Dr. Kristi Woodall, the Superintendent of Union County Schools released a statement saying:

"...We have not received any reports from the driver because he is absent today. The administrator is investigating at the school level, and the transportation supervisor will be involved when the driver returns."

Meanwhile Ryan's parents want to know their child is safe - from the bus stop to school.

"I can't protect my child if I'm not with my child," Watts. "I have to work and he has to go to school so that's their job to do it and If they can't do that then I don't know what to do."

The Union Police said the other 13-year-old student involved in the fight is now charged as a juvenile with simple assault.

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