WATE has the story about a fight on a Knox County school bus, but unlike most, where witnesses may or may not talk, this one was caught on tape (by another student).
It’s patently obvious that the victim did not fight back, yet he, too, is out of school until a disciplinary hearing can be held.
The fight happened October 5 on the way home from school. It was filmed by another student who wasn’t involved in the fight. And it was posted on the site my.break.com.
It’s not known what lead up to the fight. But the video shows a 14-year-old boy named Aaron standing up on the bus saying he doesn’t want to fight .
Aaron is heard saying, "I’m not getting in a fight. I’m not going to fight," several times. He says "Let me through! Let me through!"
But as Aaron tries to make his way down the aisle, another student blocks his way, pushes him and starts punching him.
Once Aaron falls to the floor of the school bus, the other student is seen kicking and stomping on him until the bus driver pulls him off.
Amazingly Aaron wasn’t seriously hurt. But his mother, Kimberly Carlisle, is outraged.
As she has every right to be.
When a student is jumped by one or more others seeking a fight, it’s my opinion that the victim should not be punished — even if he or she attempts to defend against the attack. (By defend, I do not mean revenge, but a shove to create the opportunity to get away should be acceptable).
In this instance, there’s a tape (it’s short — go ahead and see for yourself) that shows unquestionably that the victim did nothing wrong. No defense at all. Yet, he’s falling behind in his classes (right at the end of the term, even) because the school system can’t seem to see what’s right there for the whole world to judge.
The victim in this case is doubly harmed: once by the beating, and again by putting his academic success at risk. It should never happen that way.