Monday, May 18, 2015

Beat Up On The Bus

Yet another reason why I refuse to let my 8 year old ride the bus!!

The family of a 9-year-old Prince George’s County public school student is demanding answers as to why the school bus driver did not intervene as other students brutally beat the child.

Cellphone footage captured the moments when Saraia Collins begs the other children to leave her alone as they tease her.

“Get out of my face. I’m not going to fight you!” little Saraia can be heard shouting.

The attack then turns physical as she is repeatedly hit in the head as she cowers in an attempt to protect herself. On the recording, she can be heard sobbing, “Leave me alone.”

According to the report, Saraia suffered a concussion from the assault, but her family says it’s the emotional damage that is hard to deal with.

“I’m afraid that if they do the same thing, it’s going to happen all over again,” Saraia says.

The family took the issue to Highland Park Elementary School and the Prince George’s County Police Department. Authorities deferred to the school, which reported on Tuesday that the child seen on the video dealing out the most vicious blows had been suspended.

Students are still being interviewed, and more suspensions may yet be handed out, according to local media outlets.

As for the bus driver, he is currently under investigation by the Transportation Department and could face disciplinary action.

“Even if it’s not his job to break up fights, it’s still his job to try to prevent it,” Saraia said.

Saraia has taken the week off from school to get over her injuries, but her mother is not sure where the 9-year-old will resume school next week. Saraia does not want to return to Highland Park.

When asked why the students were so mean to her, Saraia responded, “I don’t know. I guess that’s just the way that they want to be.”

There is another question that nobody ever asks. Why is it becoming increasingly more important to record video footage than it is to step in, intervene, or diffuse the situation, and since when has helping someone in need become a spectator sport?


1 comment:

  1. You pose some valid points. Why didn't someone "intervene" or attempt to defuse the situation? Only God knows. We are, as a society, becoming more selfish--this is seen in the lack of concern: (1) no intervention from the bus driver or any of the school kids; (2) filming of the assault with no interest in the one being assaulted. After my dad retired, he decided to drive a school bus. He had always liked children. There was a bus monitor on his bus. A child who had been beaten up the day before brought a kitchen knife with him on the bus. He didn't attempt to hide it because he thought that it would deter his attacker. My father, when he realized the knife was on the bus, pulled over; instructed the bus monitor to sit next to the child. My father called the bus company and they sent the police. The little boy was taken off the bus. Only God knows why the driver for little Saraia Collins did not intervene in some way. Was there a bus monitor? With today's children many of whom are untrained, rude, and bad a$$, there should be two bus monitors--one up front and one at the back. I hope that the little girl recovers physically and emotionally and that, if she has to stay at Highland Park Elementary School, that some drastic steps are taken to resolve the situation with the bus driver and the students.