Jackson County

No one came to girl’s defense, but someone filmed the punch

This is a frame grab from a video showing a student after she was knocked sideways by the force of punch to her head by another student on a St. Martin school bus.
This is a frame grab from a video showing a student after she was knocked sideways by the force of punch to her head by another student on a St. Martin school bus.

A video shared on social media shows a girl on a St. Martin school bus sucker-punch another girl as other students laugh and at least one boy stands up and makes fun of the situation.

The video, published to YouTube by a student, shows a clearer view of what happened than a school bus camera recorded, said Michael Van Winkle, assistant superintendent of the Jackson County School District.

The video generated buzz through the day on Wednesday but was pulled off YouTube later that evening.

“The student’s video helped define our position,” he said.

The video shows one girl kneeling in a seat, facing backward. She grabs the head of a girl sitting in a seat behind her and punches her. The attacker, accusing the other girl of saying something about her that morning, demanded she tell what was said.

“I gave you not one, not two, but three chances,” said the girl who threw the punch.

The girl who was assaulted stayed in her seat and turned her face toward the window. It appears no one came to her defense.

The bus driver reported the incident a week or two ago and it has been dealt with, Van Winkle said.

“We lowered the boom as best we could, according to how our policies would let us,” he said. “I look at it like that child being my child.”

The girl who was assaulted had no life-threatening injuries.

Van Winkle declined to tell the Sun Herald specifically what actions were taken.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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