A Jacksonville high school student who jumped from the back of a moving school bus traveling on the Intracoastal Bridge on Friday, May 4, has died from his injuries, a hospital spokesman has confirmed.
Police are still investigating why the boy opened the back emergency exit and jumped from the moving bus, but one woman, whose son rides on the bus, told The Florida Times-Union that her son told her that the victim had previously been bullied on the bus and that he had jumped from the bus before.
Allegedly, fighting on that bus is not uncommon, and some parents told the Times-Union that they had told officials about the constant fighting on the bus, but that nothing had been done.
“This is something that never should have happened,” a parent of a student who rides on that bus said.
A DuVal County Public Schools spokeswoman said the district had not received any reports of previous bullying and declined to release any information about trouble on the bus.
Florida’s Tough Anti-bullying Law
In 2008, Florida passed the Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act, which requires all schools in the state to adopt anti-bullying policies or risk losing state funds.
Recently, parents of an elementary school student filed a lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages against the Polk County School District alleging that their child was bullied and the district did nothing to protect him. The family claims they were forced to sell their home so their child could attend a different school in another district.
By law, it’s the responsibility of all Florida school districts to protect kids from bullying by stopping it when they witness it or when it is reported to them. If your child has been harmed mentally or physically due to another’s oversight or negligence, a Polk County personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah may be able to help. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to see what your legal recourse may be.