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Video of fight on school bus raises questions about response time at local high school

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A video of a fight on a St. Louis school bus raises questions about the school's response time. (Credit: KMOV) A video of a fight on a St. Louis school bus raises questions about the school's response time. (Credit: KMOV)
A video of a fight on a St. Louis school bus raises questions about the school's response time. (Credit: KMOV) A video of a fight on a St. Louis school bus raises questions about the school's response time. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A disturbing cellphone video of a fight on a school bus has raised questions about the response time for incidents such as this one.

News 4 obtained cellphone video of an attack on a school bus taking students to Riverview Garden High School Tuesday morning. The video shows a larger, 16-year-old female student punching and kicking a smaller, 16-year-old female who didn't fight back.

The mother of the victim said she was upset that she never saw the bus driver or school security personnel intervene during the nearly 3 minute video, despite the fact the bus had just pulled onto school grounds. 

Riverview Gardens School District's Safety and Security Director, Kelli McCrary, said security officers and a school resource officer arrived at the bus right after the cellphone video ended. However, McCrary also said they should have gotten to the bus sooner. 

"For me as a leader in security, that is not an acceptable response time," McCrary said.

The delay could have been caused by the fact that the bus driver reported the fight to supervisors at First Student, who in turn notified the school, but then security officers had to find the right bus, according to McCrary.

McCrary said that the district is investigating the fight to learn what was behind it and to improve their response times.

The student who attacked the other was suspended for 5 days, and the St. Louis County Police Department said it turned over the results of its investigation to family court which will decide whether to file charges. 

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