Decatur, GA – A Georgia elementary school student was hospitalized on Monday after a group of teens forced their way onto a bus and began assaulting the young students inside.
The incident occurred as the busload of elementary-aged children were on their way to school on Monday morning, WSB reported.
When the bus stopped on Hollyhock Terrace, two middle school students, a high school student, and an 18-year-old non-student barged their way inside.
“During the morning ride to school, a group of middle and high school student boarded the bus to assault an elementary school student,” Snapfinger Elementary School officials said in a voicemail to parents later that day, according to WSB.
Multiple children were assaulted during the altercation, Newsweek reported.
One child was rushed to Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta as a result of the attack, but the extent of his or her injuries have not been released, according to WXIA.
Police responded to the scene and arrested the teens on assault charges, WSB reported.
A potential motive for the attack has not been released.
Many parents were outraged that the school failed to notify them about the morning altercation until later in the day.
In the school district’s statement, it noted that the “safety and well-being” of students is its “top priority,” WSB reported.
Latrice Lewis said the incident further solidified her commitment to transport her children to and from school on her own.
“This is my kid's second week at school. This is ridiculous,” Lewis told WSB. “This is why I don't have my kids on the bus. I drive them to school and I drive them back home.”
Parent Alexis Clarke said the situation was “outrageous,” WSB reported.
“I think that's really bad and, if they did beat up some elementary school students, they definitely deserve to go to jail,” Clarke said.