Where was the school bus driver? She should be fired, no questions asked. And before you question me, understand that my mother was a school bus driver for 11 years. They have cameras and communications equipment on buses these days, there is no excuse for what happened. My Mom had a problem once with kids, so she stopped the bus and made a phone call at a neighbor's house.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I Goggled girl beaten on school bus to get more info and I couldn't believe the long list of events like this that came up. Girls being raped and or beaten on school buses seems to be fairly common, it's one of those times I wonder if our civilization is collapsing. When I was a kid everyone was very well behaved on my school bus and I never heard of anything like this ever happening. Kind of depressing really.
With all the occurences of violence and bullying on school buses you would think school districts would have developed policies and give training and strict guidelines for what bus drivers are to do. I wonder if that would leave them more vulnerable to law suits though for when the policies are not followed to the letter.
Also, nobody gets beat for asking for a bus seat, it doesn't seem racially charged either. Which begs the question what did this kid do or say?