Bullied Disabled Teen Thrown Off Moving School Bus in Brooklyn

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Amore Virginia Peterson, 13, suffered a broken collarbone after allegedly being thrown out of the back door of a moving Brooklyn school bus by a bully on Friday. The girl’s mother, Harriet McNeill, was outraged to learn the bully was let onto the school bus the following day.

When she slammed onto the pavement, Peterson believed she “was going to die.” Her attacker also fell out of the bus and followed her. The two had just seconds to get off the roadway before being hit my oncoming traffic.

There were two matrons on the bus dealing with a ruckus, but neither were able to protect Peterson, who suffers from bipolar disorder. Peterson was rushed from the scene by an ambulance.

“I’ve been telling the school that one of these kids is going to kill my daughter — and on Friday it almost came true,” said single mother Harriet McNeill of Brownsville, Brooklyn.

“God saved my daughter this time, but the Board of Education needs to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Peterson was on her way home from Brooklyn Children’s Center, a school for disabled children, when the incident took place. She claims a classmate approached her, spitting on her and throwing her books. A bus matron told Peterson to go to the back of the bus for safety, but then the male assailant rushed at her.

“He jumped over the seats and pushed me to the back door,” Peterson said in tears. “Then he pushed the door open and pushed me out. I thought I was going to die.”

It is unclear how close matrons were when the girl and her attacker fell out of the full size bus onto the pavement.

Somehow Peterson managed to run inside the nearby Zip Zap barbershop, while the boy chased her. Barbershop workers stood between the kids until paramedics arrived.

“I saw two kids fly out of back of the bus and they both hit the floor,” said barber Vincent-Mattos, 45. “She was crying and complaining about her arm.”

Education officials say they are actively trying to put the assailant on another bus route. “The principal is reaching out and setting up meetings with all parents whose children were involved,” said spokeswoman Margie Feinberg. 

Feinberg says the boy faces disciplinary action at the Brooklyn Children’s Center as well.

McNeill says she is considering sending her daughter to a new school if only to put her on a safer bus route. “My daughter doesn’t deserve to be treated this way,” she said.

Source: NY Daily