ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - A viral video is sparking outrage among many parents. The video shows a St. Martin girl being sucker punched by another student on a school bus.
As the shocking punch circulates around social media, the victim's mom is speaking out about the attack.
"I was so upset. Every time I see it it breaks my heart. You can't imagine. I mean, it's horrible to know someone punches your child like that," said the mother, who asked to only be identified as Darlene to protect her 15-year-old daughter from further pain and humiliation. "The damage is done. She is so upset and distraught over this. She wanted it to die out and go away. She didn't want any more attention. Now, it's all over social media," said Darlene.
Darlene says the assault happened on Aug. 25. Her daughter, a freshman at St. Martin High School, was riding the bus home when a rumor allegedly sparked the attack.
"The girl grabbed her from the back, from the hair like this and had her head like this. She said 'I want you to tell me what you said about me', and she said 'I swear on my mother, I didn't say anything. I don't even know your name,'" said Darlene.
In the video, other students can be heard taunting her daughter.
"That was the only way she could sit there and not retaliate was to just zone out. There was nobody on the bus defending her," said Darlene.
Darlene also wonders why the bus driver didn't take immediate action.
"There's no way you can tell me that bus driver did not hear or see what was going on," said Darlene.
Darlene's daughter has since switched to another bus, and has recovered from her physical injuries. The emotional scars, however, can't seem to go away.
"I'm furious that it went viral. Every time somebody posts something about it, it just rubs salt on the wound all over again for her. I'm going to have to get her some counseling, because she's that devastated over all this," Darlene said.
The upset mother hopes the incident will serve as a lesson for young people.
"I hope that it makes these kids think about what they're doing and how wrong it is. And the kids that are being bullied, I'm hoping it gives them the strength to stand up and tell somebody," said Darlene.
Assistant St. Martin Superintendent Dr. Michael Van Winkle says district policy won't allow him to comment on what disciplinary action was taken against the student who threw the punch, only commenting, "We dealt with it severely according to policy and procedures."