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March 07, 2011  |   Comments (6)   |   Post a comment

Boy allegedly bullied by special-needs student on bus


ROSEVILLE, Mich. — The mother of a 9-year-old boy said her son was hospitalized after he was kicked on his school bus by an older student who has special needs.

Jermayne Bibbs sustained bruising and scratches to his face and several lumps on the back of his head, according to an article on Bibbs' mother, Aashahla Al-Ali, told the news source that she wants the boy removed from her son's bus because he is a bully.

However, school officials reportedly told Al-Ali that the other student could not be removed from the bus because he has special needs. She said that she will drive her son to school as often as she can to prevent further bullying.

The school is investigating the incidents reported by Al-Ali. The district's superintendent said that a special-needs student who demonstrates violent behavior toward others will be re-tested, and then the school will proceed from there, the news source reports.


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You are so naive Kristine A child is being assaulted on a weekly basis by the special needs kid and we should be MORE concerned about- the special needs kid ????? Safety first. Maybe you'll get it when you have kids of your own. All kids should be protected EQUALLY.

Jane    |    Sep 28, 2012 05:23 PM

Who is accountable for this child? Since he has a behavorial problem which in some people's view makes him unaccountable, who is responsible for his behavior? If he cannot function on a school bus, how is he going to function in society?

Charles    |    Mar 22, 2011 10:29 AM

This child's IEP should include special needs transportation as a related service and he should be riding a school bus that has an assigned attendant. While this student may very well have been exhibiting a behavior, being expected to tolerate this behavior isn't fair to the students who are not violent.

Tracy    |    Mar 08, 2011 12:27 PM

I a special needs student is exhibiting this type of behavior, why is he still being mainstreamed on a regular school bus. Perhaps the administration should consider transporting him in a "special needs vehicle", mini bus or STV.

Sharon    |    Mar 08, 2011 10:57 AM

Kids who exhibit behavioral disorders are not bullies. It is just sad that although parents only express concern on their own children, it is also right that they address the concern on the troubled kid first. Try checking on alternate schools for the kid like this institute or check out other information for guides on teens with behavioral disorders.

Kristine    |    Mar 08, 2011 10:37 AM

The article entitled Boy alledgedly bullied by Special Needs student on bus is incorrect. all the special needs student was doing was exhibiting a behavior. I'm quite sure that if the bus company would check the students IEP or Behavioral Support Plan they will see that it is noted there that he exhibits these behaviors. I cannot be certain because I am not familaair with the particulars. The solution to this problem could be a combination of two things. Assigning a matron to this student along with creating a seating arrangement that places him far enough away from other students. Most importantly this student should not be catogorized as a bully

Andrew Brathwaite    |    Mar 08, 2011 09:14 AM

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