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Mother says child was beaten on Indianapolis school bus while aide watched

Posted at 6:19 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 18:31:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis mother says her son has been in and out of the hospital since Thursday after being bullied on a school bus.

Kaleb Murdock says he was beaten on a school by two boys on their way to Ignite Academy on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

"He was pushing me to the ground and while his big brother stomped on me and my stomach," Kaleb said. "And I didn't have much room to get up."

During the incident, Kaleb says he felt alone, helpless, and angry because he doesn't like bullying.

Kaleb has been in the hospital for different things like internal injuries, throwing up blood and not being able to keep food down.

Jowanna Murdock says a bus monitor should have helped him instead of watching.

"I don't have any understanding how they could watch a child," Jowanna said.

After the incident, Jowanna says she filed a police report and reported the incident to the school. She says Kaleb will not return to Ignite Academy.

"Do they not understand that that child's safety at that very moment is their responsibility,?" Jowanna said. "Why was that not protected? Why?"

Ignite Achievement Academy released the following statement regarding the incident:

Ignite Achievement Academy values the safety and security of all of our students and staff. It is of the utmost importance to our school community and administration. All incidents are investigated thoroughly as is true of this incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and student involved.

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