Eighth grader speaks out about 'attack' on Carroll County school bus

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

CARROLLTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Two 13-year-old girls are charged with fourth degree assault after Carrollton police say they punched an eighth grade girl on a school bus. A third girl is charged with complicity for knowing about the incident and recording the attack.

Emily Penn Foster says just before the two girls attacked her, they asked whether she still liked a guy, to which she replied "yes." The video shows the girls punching Emily for more than 20 seconds.

Carrollton police say the attack was planned. Emily says many other kids on the bus knew it was going to happen, but didn't do anything to stop it.

She hopes this video will urge other teens to speak up about bullying.

"I'm upset with a lot of people on that bus," says Emily Penn Foster. "She was pulling my hair. I have two scratches up here and I have two knots on my back because of it."

Emily's father, Dave Foster, saw the video of the attack last Friday on Facebook. He says the attackers attend an alternative school. Foster says he asked the school why those students were bused with students from other schools.

"'Well, oh, we can't afford to bus them separately,'" Dave Foster says that's what school officials told him. "So they're going continue, all these kids with a violent history are going to continue to ride the same buses."

The Carroll County superintendent hasn't commented on this incident.

Emily says she has seen other students bullied at her school. She and her friends plan to wear t-shirts that say "stop bullying" to school on Thursday.

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