Older Kids Ask 5-Year-Old Michigan Boy To Sit With Them On Bus. He Then Got His Head Smashed Into Window, Kicked In Stomach, Police Say.

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Mar. 31 2023, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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An 11-year-old has been charged after an alleged attack took place on a Michigan school bus earlier this month that left a 5-year-old injured, officials said.

On March 9, the 5-year-old boy was invited to sit with some older kids on a school bus in Grand Rapids, WZZM reported.

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The older kids then proceeded to repeatedly kick the boy in the stomach and slammed his head into the metal window frame, the victim’s parents told WZZM.

The victim suffered minor injuries, which did not require medical treatment. The child’s parents, Jermon Burrell and Timia Blanton, said the bus driver did nothing to stop the attack.

Blanton told WZZM, “He [the victim] was just trying his hardest to fight them off, but they were just too strong.”

Burrell told WOOD-TV that his son came off the bus crying with a bruise on his head. The victim also said some of the other students filmed the attack instead of intervening.

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The 11-year-old was charged with assault and battery, authorities said.

Burrell said he was content with the charges and hoped the other students involved in the bullying were disciplined, WOOD-TV reported. He wants the school to do more to prevent the attack from happening.

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The bus driver was placed on administrative leave after the incident, WZZM reported. Sgt. Eric Brunner with the Kent County Sheriff's Office said the driver wasn’t charged with anything or wasn't considered a suspect in the investigation.

The school district reviewed the case and said no disciplinary action against the bus driver was warranted, officials said.

Due to the ages of the children, video of the attack has not been released.


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