Roanoke mother asks for action, change after she says her daughter was attacked on school bus

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ROANOKE, Va (WFXR News) – A Roanoke mother is asking Roanoke City School officials to take action after she says her daughter was attacked on a school bus and she claims nothing was done about it.

Ashton Williams says her daughter was attacked on a school bus on February 11 and nothing was done about it. She says threats were made during school and she believes teachers knew about it but did nothing to stop it from happening.

Williams went to the school board meeting on Tuesday night to speak to the board about the incident.

She says the attack was caught on camera. In it, Williams says you can see her 12-year-old daughter getting attacked on the bus.

“To see that your child is helpless and everyone is around her, even adults, and nobody did anything,” said Williams.

She says her daughter called her after it happened, but she didn’t hear from anyone with the school. Now, she says her daughter is traumatized and isn’t the same as she was before.

“Very bubbly, very energetic, very funny. To describe her now, quiet doesn’t want to go places. As you see tonight, she’s not with me,” said Williams.

Representatives from the Richmond Chapter of activist group the National Action Network made the trip to support Williams at the meeting.

One member read a statement on Williams’ daughter’s behalf. Williams also spoke on behalf of her daughter.

“I send my child to what is supposed to be a safe learning environment. My question to you is what are you going to do about this?” said Williams.

The director of security for the district addressed the school board to say the attacker was charged and served a petition and a protective order. He says the school took the appropriate action because they received the incident report from the bus driver. He also says the police have been involved, since they became aware of the incident and this is something they have known about and investigated.

But Williams says the only reason anything has been done was because of her efforts.

“I filed the protective order, I filed the assault and battery charges. Roanoke City Schools didn’t do anything. They were unresponsive. That’s why we are here today to say it to their faces,” said Williams.

Williams says the same girl who attacked her daughter has been bullying her daughter for years and nothing has been done about it. Now, she’s hoping to see a change.

“When we speak about bullying, I don’t think the atmosphere is taken as seriously as it needs to be taken,” Williams said.

“So my job tonight here is to speak for not only my daughter but to speak for many children and many parents.”

Williams is hoping to have a meeting with someone from the school about this sometime next week.

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