A mother wants answers and accountability from the school district after a fight broke out on a Jacksonville middle school bus last week.
The fight, captured on video, left Nikki Lee's sixth-grade daughter hurt after being brutally beaten by two other students.
“They basically beat her like she was nothing,” Lee said.
Lee now wants answers from school officials and reached out to the news media for help.
“I don't think they acted fast enough. Matter of fact, I don't think they would've known about it if I didn't proceed with caution to see what's going on with my daughter,” Lee said.
Lee’s daughter, whose name is being withheld, said her bus driver never offered to help her and let everyone involved in the fight off the bus that day at their normal stop.
“All she asked me was do I get off here,” Lee's daughter said.
The mother said she took her concerns to the school’s dean the next morning, who told her he would investigate.
“He did, but the kids were still allowed to be in school that day,” Lee said.
Lee said her daughter continued to receive threats, which is when she called the news station.
In a statement, the district said the students "are being disciplined according to the Code of Conduct. A full investigation is underway to identify additional participants and the person(s) videotaping.”
But Lee feels more should have been done sooner to protect her daughter.
“This came upon because I pushed the issue. Not because you all did, but I did, and nobody's going to beat on her,” Lee said.
A spokesperson for the district also said that the bus driver took the students back to the school that day.
Late Friday night, however, it was revealed a second incident on a school bus involving the middle school students may have occurred this week. An attempt to reach the school district for comment after business hours was unsuccessful as of Saturday morning.
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