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WATCH: Video shows 9-year-old Florida girl beaten by boys in school bus attack

(Representative image via Istock)
The parents claim they plan to press charges (Representative image via Istock)

On February 1, a 9-year-old girl was beaten by two middle school boys on a Florida school bus. The suspects in the assault, whose names have not been released by authorities due to their age, may face criminal charges.

According to the New York Post, the students involved in the incident were all at Coconut Palm K-8 Academy in Homestead, Florida. The two students can repeatedly be seen punching the girl in the footage of the incident, which has since gone viral across social media platforms. Allegedly, no adults stepped in to stop them.

High school students in #Florida beat brutally a girl in the 3rd grade and her 10 year brother...My blood just boiled to see this video. Where is faculty and bus driver?#Fightingatschool#fightingvideo#brutalfights #fight #fightvid https://t.co/l3PFi0ssf6

The victim's parents are currently seeking to file charges against the alleged assailants. They claimed that in response to the video, school administrators said they were overwhelmed by reports of bullying and violence and advised parents to re-enroll their children in a different school.

NBC reported that the girl in the video suffered bruises along her back, shoulders, and head.


Parents and officials condemn the Florida school bus attack

In an interview with WSVN, the father of the 9-year-old revealed the nature of the shocking violence in the video. He said that while his daughter was being beaten in the above footage, different children simultaneously attacked his son.

@RIckTheTank She needs to sue the school district, the bus driver and the parents of every child involved! That little girl needs to walk away a millionaire. What a tough guy, beating up a 9 yr. Old girl.

The father said:

β€œThis kid is just beating my daughter senseless for no reason. She can’t defend herself. She’s a little girl. How is this acceptable?”

He added:

β€œAt the same time that my daughter was getting beaten, the same thing was happening to my son on the other side of the bus."

The victim's parents claimed that school officials responded with inaction. Her mother said:

β€œEver since then, I’ve been to the school, and I’ve spoken with counselors, principals, assistant principals."
@RIckTheTank What is wrong with this kids keep feeding them hate!

She added that the children are now afraid to go to school. She said:

β€œThey love to learn, and it’s just so sad that something that they enjoy is becoming something they’re fearing now."

The father said:

"An assistant principal wrote us, and she said, β€˜Oh, I think it’s time you take your kids out of the school,’ and our kids aren’t the problem."
@nypost Parents must also be penalized. So many have a hands off policy with their kids hoping β€œthe system” will raise them

According to NewsAU, the Miami-Dade Schools Police said they had addressed the situation. In a press release, authorities said:

"The safety and wellbeing of our students is of the utmost importance. This school district goes to great lengths to promote the values of restraint and respect as well as using social media responsibly. We ask that parents reinforce these principles at home.”

Florida authorities reported that while one of the students was arrested, the other suspect would face disciplinary action from the school. NBC reported that the 9-year-old girl's parents had entertained the idea of starting an anti-bullying rally to force the Florida school administration to deal with the issue.

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