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School district, parents want to stop bus bullying

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WARREN, Ohio - On the southwest side of the city, parents say bullying on bus 8 on the way to and from Jefferson Elementary has gone overboard and they want it to stop.

"My daughter Lela has come home with a bloody lip and she has had a black mark on her face a few times," says parent Roger Broadstone.

Broadstone says he can't often afford to give his girls money for snacks but when he does, he wants them to enjoy it. His daughters and other kids say that's not happening. 

After a confrontation Monday, police are investigating two adults punching each other, and a complaint about a mother of a bully allegedly threatening to shoot the home up.

"Should there be any charges to come from that, we'll file those charges. Even making a threat is a criminal offense," says Lt. Jeffrey Cole.

Warren City Schools business manager Mike Wasser says the district takes bullying seriously and has put a monitor on that bus.

He says bus drivers write up kids who cause problems and that information is given to principals to deal with. However, the kids we talked with say it's not helping.

Three of the children ages 5, 7 and 8, all say the bigger kids smack them and take their money. They say then, they aren't able to get icecream or a snack during school and that makes them sad.

"She gets pulled out her seat. She gets slapped for her money and she's afraid," says Monica Knisely, a Warren resident.

The district has cameras on board and said it will review those tapes and consider blocking off the first five or six rows for younger students, keeping older students in the back.

Mike Wasser says the disctrict's priority is to keep kids safe.  

"I have children myself and I don't want any student not safe on our busses or afraid to get on our busses because thats not what were about here," Wasser says.

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