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St. Landry Parish father upset with driver in school bus fight

Posted: 10:03 PM, Apr 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-30 23:24:09-04

The father of an 11-year-old girl is blaming a school bus driver for not stepping in soon enough to stop a violent fight that broke out on a school bus in Sunset.

He says his 11-year-old daughter was jumped by two other girls while she was riding the bus.

“My wife gets a phone call with someone wanting to know if my daughter was okay. They said they just seen her getting beat and jumped on the school bus,” the father of the 11-year old girl said.

The parents saw a video on social media involving their daughter fighting another student on the bus after leaving Sunset Elementary School.

In the video, a second student jumps in, hitting their daughter.

“It’s scary,” he said. “I want to stop this from happening to someone else. I mean a kid shouldn’t have to worry about that going to school. School is hard enough. ”

The father didn’t want to be identified. He says he’s most upset at how the situation was handled.

“The bus driver did not stop,” he said. “He did not check on my daughters well being at all and he did not report the incident. We found out through social media.”

When asked if everything was followed appropriately, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said yes.

According to Jenkins, the incident was reported, but he wasn’t sure who reported it.

Jenkins says the students involved are being disciplined and depending on where bus drivers are, they can’t always pull over immediately for safety reasons.

Once they can do so safely, the Superintendent says they can pull over to break up a fight.

“I do respect what you’re saying. Sometimes I realize that they can’t,” the girl’s father responded. “But it goes even further than that. He didn’t even check on my daughter or even report the incident. To me, you have to have a certain character you have to handle kids.”

The parents say they are seeking legal action in regards to the incident.