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Mother pleads for help to stop bullying on school bus

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Jodi Turner says her 9-year-old son was punched on the school bus Wednesday afternoon on his way home. Jodi Turner says her 9-year-old son was punched on the school bus Wednesday afternoon on his way home.
She says her son was so afraid that he eventually got up and went to sit with an older student. She says her son was so afraid that he eventually got up and went to sit with an older student.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Bullying on the school bus is a big concern for a Tipton County mother, who says her son passed out as the result of an injury received on the bus ... and she wasn't told about it.

Jodi Turner says her 9-year-old son was punched on the school bus Wednesday afternoon on his way home. He passed out after the punch, which was thrown by an 8th grade girl.

She says her son was so afraid that he eventually got up and went to sit with an older student. After that, Turner says the bus driver told her son that if he got out of his seat one more time, he would be written up.

Turner was so upset that she went to the Tipton County Board of Education Thursday morning to speak with the transportation supervisor about the incident.

"He said he fell over the seat, didn't know what was going on. Next thing he knew the bus driver was asking if he was OK, touching him," she said.

Turner says her son had to sleep with an ice pack on his face Wednesday night.

"He says he doesn't remember the driver pulling over, doesn't remember her coming to a stop," explained Turner.

Turner says it all started when other students on the bus dared her son to touch the 8th graders shoe. That is when she says the 8th grader retaliated.

"Now, I have to wonder whether or not I should put my kid on the bus at all," said Turner, who added that this is not the first problem she has had with her son's bus. She says last year, a large fight broke out that lasted more than five minutes.

This time, she says the bus driver never told her about what happened. And her son is now scared to ride the bus.

"He asked me, 'Mama, are you gonna drive me to school tomorrow? Can you pick me up tomorrow?," she said.

School officials say the 8th grade student at Crestview Middle was disciplined for her actions, even though they are still investigating the incident.

Tipton County Director of Schools Dr. Tim Fite says if the bus driver did not follow protocol, disciplinary action will be taken.

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