Statement issued on Monroe Co. school bus beating of five-year-old student

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Monroe County Schools are responding after reports of a five year old girl beaten up by bullies on a school bus.

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FORSYTH, Georgia (WMGT/41NBC) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Schools are responding after reports of a five year old girl beaten up by bullies on a school bus.

The incident happened during an afternoon route on December 4th. A mother reported that her child arrived home with cuts on her face.

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According to an incident report, the child said two kids sat on her, slapped her, scratched her, pushed her head against the bus and poked her backside. The report also says the child was left with cuts all over her face.

In a joint statement, the agencies reported the following:

“An investigation of this matter began immediately with both the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe County Schools reviewing bus tapes, starting the student discipline process with principals of schools, and reviewing the incident per personnel protocols. All processes regarding student discipline from the schools have taken place and are continuing with established protocols in the school district.”

“In reviewing bus tapes and accounts of student witnesses, neither the school system nor the Sheriff’s Office have found any evidence that the bus driver had any visibility or awareness of this incident while driving the bus on the route. As soon as the incident was reported to the driver, it was reported immediately to school officials to investigate.”

“The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost importance in all settings, including the bus. Our schools, our school system, and local law enforcement have worked tirelessly to ensure that the student victim and the parents in this case have been treated with love, care, and empathy. The school system and the Sheriff’s Office are both committed to providing support for this student and the family.”

The case is still under investigation with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and charges are being filed.

However, due to ages of children, the school system nor the Sheriff’s Office can comment on identities or details of the discipline.

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