A Georgia father has called for accountability after his son injured himself jumping from a school bus to escape bullies. Dion Murphy says the incident was only the latest attack on his 11-year-old boy. Now, the father is calling his school district out for not acting sooner to protect his son.
Murphy received the horrifying word that his son had jumped from the bus on Wednesday, May 5.
“Death. [That’s the] first think I’m thinking when I hear you jumped out of a vehicle because I’m curious if it was moving and I’m thinking about moving traffic and I was concerned he’d get ran over or killed,” the father told Fox 5 Atlanta.
According to Georgia State patrolmen, the bus had stopped at a turn lane when Murphy’s son jumped from a rear window onto the roof of a pickup truck. The boy then fell from the truck’s roof to the pavement, sustaining a broken elbow and a concussion.
A Desperate Jump To Safety
In a meeting with school officials the following day, Murphy viewed surveillance footage of the incident, which indicated his son jumped from the bus to escape bullies.
“One student jumped in his face, he was pushing him against the window,” Murphy recounted. “When he fell, the other student took his shoe and in a desperate attempt to escape it, he jumped out the window.”
The father said this incident is just the latest example of school bus bullying against his son, which he previously met with school leaders to discuss in March.
“I recently saw a tape that a girl was hitting on him as well. There’s another tape of him being dragged down the aisle, there’s more video of the boys from the May 5th situation. There’s more tapes and that’s why I’m so upset, because the school neglected the bullying act and did not do anything about it. They took it as horse-play, but my son could have lost his life,” Murphy said.
The Walton County School District addressed the incident in a statement to press outlets.
“Following a bus incident on May 5, a Walton County School District student sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries,” the statement read. “The other students and driver on the bus were not injured. School and district officials are aware of the bullying allegations made in connection with this event. The Walton County School District does not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. The incident is being thoroughly investigated by school officials and any disciplinary issues that may arise will be handled appropriately at the school level.”