School bus fight video shows violent beating of 7-year-old girl - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

School bus fight video shows violent beating of 7-year-old girl

Parents are outraged after a violent fight on a school bus is captured on video (FOX 8 WVUE) Parents are outraged after a violent fight on a school bus is captured on video (FOX 8 WVUE)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A mother is outraged after a video surfaced of what she says shows her 7-year-old daughter getting beat up on a school bus. Police are investigating, but parents say the incident never should have happened. 

The video shows the little girl being attacked, her hair pulled as she is thrashed back and forth. Her mother, Waynika Gettridge, spoke with us about what happened last Wednesday.

"Somebody's child could really be hurt," Gettridge said.

Gettridge's sisters say their 12-year-old and 8-year-old daughters were also hit and kicked. All three girls were on their way home from Kipp Leadership Primary School when the fight broke out.

"I'm just saddened that had to happen to children on the bus," said Beverly Gettridge, "These little kids, the little ones, that's on the bus with the big kids, it's like they didn't care about our kids on that bus at all."

"I know the school system doesn't have that money like that, but some type of way they need to put those children, them babies with their self, and those older kids with their self, because as you see that's older kids beating up on three babies," said Kimberly Gettridge.  

The three mothers say even though their daughters are physically okay, they were shaken up by what happened. They wanted to tell their story to warn other parents. And, they want the fighting to stop before a child is seriously hurt. 

"They need to be aware to what's going on because their kids ride this bus, there is no way in the world a parent should have to be worried about their child even if they're 7, older, middle school - that's too many kids that ride that bus," said Waynika Gettridge.  

The parents filed a police report and the NOPD confirms that their investigation is ongoing. 

KIPP New Orleans Schools spokesman Jonathan Bertsch released the following statement: 

"We are aware of the incident and are addressing it in conjunction with both the students and their families. We take student safety on the school bus very seriously and this incident does not reflect the high expectations we have for student conduct." 

We also called the school bus company late Tuesday evening and are waiting to hear back from them. 

Copyright WVUE 2016. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly