Woman wants answer after daughter is assaulted

Mother claims school district did nothing after her daughter was assaulted on a school bus

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"The boys are grabbing her, groping her, throwing stuff at her and going under the seats grabbing her," said the girls mother, Shanna Flowers. "The boys are grabbing her, groping her, throwing stuff at her and going under the seats grabbing her," said the girls mother, Shanna Flowers.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville woman said her daughter has been sexually assaulted while riding the school bus to a summer program.

When the teen tried to stand up for herself, the mother said her daughter was the one who was punished.

The mother is fed up and hopes that going public will result in school officials taking action and ultimately protecting her daughter.

The 15-year-old's mother is terminally ill, so last year the girl had to miss a lot of class. To pass and go on to the 9th grade, the girl is in summer school but she tells 6 News after what's been happening to her on the bus, she's scared to go to school.

The teen is enrolled in the summer bridge program at Bearden High School. Since the beginning of June, she's been riding the bus to and from school.

But what's happening on the bus, she said, has been one of the worst experiences of her life.

"I've been touched and I've been flipped with rubber bands," said the 15-year-old.

She said the physical and sexual assaults started on June 4 and have happened on the bus almost every school day since. According to her mother Shanna Flowers, she often comes home in tears.

"The boys are grabbing her, groping her, throwing stuff at her and going under the seats grabbing her," said Flowers.

The student said she tells the boys to stop, but it doesn't work. Flowers said she told her daughter to tell adults.

"I've had her go to the teachers. I've had her go to the principal. I also spoke to the principal," said Flowers.

The student said the principal made one boy move to the front of the bus, but a few days later he moved back and continued assaulting her.

Flowers said she was on the phone when she heard her daughter tell the bus driver about the touching.

"She just blows it off and laughs about it and acts like it's no big deal then tells her to shut up and sit back down in her seat," said Flowers.

When her daughter yelled to try and stop the assaults on the bus, Flowers said her daughter was the one suspended.

Flowers says she's left messages for a couple school board members and the transportation director, but no action has been taken.

She said she contacted 6 News because she wants something done to keep her daughter and other students safe.

"For the bullying to stop, for girls to not have to go through that, for somebody to listen them when someone is touching them or hitting them, not to just blow it off," said Flowers.

"I'm mad because you're supposed to be an adult. You're supposed to listen to kids, that's why you're here. You tell us you're here to take care of us yet you're not," said the student.

Flowers said she wants to transfer her daughter to another school. She says she asked the principal, but was told it could only be done at the beginning of summer school.

A Knox County Schools spokesperson said the allegations are under investigation.

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