To avoid being “beaten up by bullies,” an 11-year-old boy jumped out of a school bus window and onto a passing pickup truck.
According to Dion Murphy, his son jumped out of the bus’s back window at a red light in Walton County, Georgia, because a group of other students was abusing him. It’s not clear at this time if the bus or the pick-up were moving at the time.
Murphy described his son’s behavior as a “desperate attempt” to escape his alleged attackers.
The middle school student hopped onto a passing pickup truck before rolling onto the highway last Wednesday. In the death-defying stunt, he fractured his elbow and sustained a concussion, and his father has since removed him from school, FOX5 Atlanta reported.
“One student jumped in his face, he was pushing him against the window, when he fell, the other student took his shoe and in a desperate attempt to escape it, he jumped out the window,” Murphy said. “I believe he was trying to escape the situation. At this moment he felt his back was up against the wall.”
His father said it was not the first time bullies had targeted his son. The family said that previous events had been reported to the school. During a meeting with the school’s principal on Friday, Murphy saw a video of his son being beaten.
“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,'” the father said.
According to a spokesperson for Walton County Schools, they have been made aware of the bullying allegations.
“The Walton County School District does not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind,” the spokesperson said. “The incident is being thoroughly investigated by school officials and any disciplinary issues that may arise will be handled appropriately at the school level.”