US boy jumps from school bus to escape bullies

Rescue crews at the scene
Rescue crews at the scene Photo credit: Walton County Sheriff's Office

A US boy is recovering from a concussion and a broken elbow after jumping from a school bus to escape bullies in the state of Georgia. 

The father of the 11-year-old intermediate student said his family had raised concerns with the school of previous events and this one pushed the boy too far, FOX 5 reported. 

"I believe he was trying to escape the situation," Dion Murphy told the outlet. 

Investigators said the boy landed on the roof of a pickup truck before falling onto the highway. 

"Death. [That's the] first thing I'm thinking when I hear you jumped out of a vehicle...I was concerned he'd get ran over or killed, " he said. 

Murphy claimed he had seen footage from the bus while at a meeting with his son's school principal on May 5. 

"One student jumped on his face, he was pushing him and pushing him against the window," Murphy said. "Then when he fell, the other student grabbed his shoe and he wouldn't give it back to him."

Murphy claimed older students had bullied his son on the bus the entire year and he had already met with school leaders in March to try and address it.

"I recently saw a tape that a girl was hitting on him as well. There's another tape of him being dragged down the aisle, there's more video of the boys from this May 5th situation."

"There's more tapes and that's why I'm so upset because the school neglected the bullying act and did not do anything about it. They took it as horse-play, but my son could have lost his life."

Walton County Schools released a statement to FOX 5. 

"Following a bus incident on May 5, a Walton County School District student sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

"The other students and driver on the bus were not injured. School and district officials are aware of the bullying allegations made in connection with this event. The Walton County School District does not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. 

"The incident is being thoroughly investigated by school officials and any disciplinary issues that may arise will be handled appropriately at the school level."

The boy is no longer enrolled at the intermediate school.