Bellbrook PD pursue charge against alleged bully

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Bellbrook PD pursue charge against alleged bully

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Police are investigating an incident in which a Bellbrook Middle School seventh-grader was knocked unconscious by another student on the bus.

Police are investigating an incident in which a Bellbrook Middle School seventh-grader was knocked unconscious by another student on the bus.

The incident happened Oct. 29 during the ride home from the school on Beryl Drive.

The alleged victim, a 13-year-old male, was knocked unconscious with a heavy book bag by another student whom he and his mother characterized as a bully.

The child was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital. His mother said her son was bleeding from his right ear after his head struck the window, and he appears to be experiencing hearing problems now.

Bellbrook Detective Keith Salyers said he has reviewed surveillance video of the incident and a criminal charge will be filed today with Greene County Juvenile Court.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV have requested access to the video and have asked Beverly Wetzel, the school district's transportation director, to release it.

Wetzel said the bus driver called for the medic at the bus stop and followed district policy. She said it appeared "there was no malice on the part of the student" accused of the assault.

The victim's mother said the other students didn't tell the bus driver what happened for several minutes.

According to the mother, the driver called for her son when she reached his bus stop. One of her son's friends told the driver that the boy was "not awake."

"I know why a child didn't say something. He got hit with a 25 pound-plus book bag by a child who has been bullying him since the fifth grade," the victim's mother said.

She said the school should have done more to prevent the incident.

"I want that school to take whatever action needs to be taken because I will take this as far as I can to make sure my son and other kids don't get treated this way and brushed under the rug as if he is nothing," she said.

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