By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis mother says bullies hacked off some of her young daughter's hair on a school bus.
The girl's mother says this wasn't the first bullying incident.
Brianna Lamb says the bullying, including pinching and punching, has been going on for a while.
Dakota is a second grader at St. Louis Charter School. Her mom says several students using scissors hacked off some of Dakota's hair.
Lamb says 10 students, all older than Dakota, have been bullying her for some time. She says the driver for Go Ahead bus company ignored Friday's incident.
She has complained to the school and has filed a police report.
"We are currently in the middle of a full investigation and are offering our support to the student and her family. At the conclusion of the investigation, any individual that is found to have participated or encouraged inappropriate conduct will be disciplined in accordance with our school policies," said Julie Frugo, St. Louis Charter School administrator.
A spokesperson for Go Ahead released the following statement to NewsChannel 5 regarding the incident:
"Go Ahead North America is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all students that we transport. We are working directly with St. Louis Charter to strengthen our protocol to prevent bullying from occurring on our buses. We have permanently assigned monitors to routes to insure that our students are treating each other with respect. We are installing cameras in all the buses that perform routes for the St. Louis Charter School. We have provided additional training to all of our drivers to recognize and address any incidents of bullying that occur on our buses. Go Ahead will continue to quickly and appropriately respond to any complaint of bullying."
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