NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Brooklyn mother was demanding answers and action Tuesday, after her disabled 13-year-old daughter was pushed off a moving school bus.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, the act of bullying this past Friday against the special needs student could have been fatal. She was shoved off the yellow bus at Belmont Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville, as she headed to school.
The girl was reported pushed out the back door of the bus, and just missed getting run over by oncoming traffic.
“There was a car behind, but he was able to swerve around those kids,” said witness Vincent Mattos.
Mattos said he was shocked to see the girl fly out of the back of the school bus and land on the street.
“Two kids fly off the back of the bus – a little girl and a little boy,” Mattos said. “The little girl hit the floor. She ran in the barbershop. The little boy ran over here, and the police came. It was crazy. It was like TV.”
Amore Virginia Peterson, a bipolar sixth grader at Brooklyn Children’s Center, suffered a broken collarbone in the frightening fall, officials said.
“Pain – in pain, very bad pain. That’s how the little girl was, in pain,” another witness said.
The New York City Department of Education said it may now assign the male student who pushed the girl out of the bus to another school bus route. The NYPD said it is investigating.
“The boy seemed pretty agitated – he was pretty agitated. The first thing out of his mouth was: ‘They’re jumping me. They’re trying to beat me up on the bus,’” Mattos said.
An attorney retained by the young girl’s family said there may well be lawsuit filed against the city.
The family’s attorney said the boy accused of pushing the girl out of the bus has a history of troubling behavior.
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