LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A viral video, which appears to show middle school girls fighting at their school bus stop, is prompting new questions about bullying.
Tosha Floyd shook her head as she watched the video of her niece, Monica, getting beaten up by a group of students at her bus stop. She doesn't know who took the video of her niece. It was sent to her by a fellow parent.
"I was already upset, of course,” the aunt and guardian said. “But when I saw the video, it just made me even madder, because I feel like if they had kept those kids on that bus, or called for security, or something, then I feel like that fight would have never happened."
Floyd says Monica has had problems with these girls in the past.
"It started off at the beginning of the school year. They would name call. She told me they would follow her and stuff like that. More recently...she got followed home to the front yard and they slapped her down in the yard,” Floyd said.
Following the incident, she immediately went to Monica's school, Henderson Middle.
"I was told they couldn't do anything about it because it happened on the weekend. It was a Friday," she said.
Then, on Jan, 19, Monica says one of the girls slapped her in the cafeteria and told her she wanted to fight after school.
"They've been treating me like nobody cares about me," Monica said.
Many of you asked what can be done? What is the school system doing to protect students?
Little Rock School District (LRSD) says they are treating this incident as a fight, not bullying, and says the students involved have been disciplined accordingly.
LRSD has an anti-bullying policy which defines bullying as "the intentional harassment, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, defamation, or threat or incitement of violence on a continuous basis by a written, verbal, electronic, or physical act that causes or creates a clear and present danger."
It covers students while they're in school, among several other places including school bus stops.
According to Floyd, reporting the bullies as the policy dictates didn't prevent the fight that landed her niece in the hospital.
"No one is there to fight or to stand up for them. It's like the school doesn't care,” Floyd said.
Floyd says the bullying that has happened since students posted the video has kept Monica home from school. She hopes LRSD cites its anti-bullying policy and has the video removed.
We reached out to LRSD to tell us what exactly students and parents need to know and to do if they suspect or see bullying.
They would not go on-camera, but did tell us parents can report bullying via the ParentLink app.
Little Rock Police are investigating the fight.
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