2 students punished after apparent bullying incident on bus caught on tape

by: Alan Cavanna Updated:

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. - A student at Mooresville High School caught video of an incident of bullying with her cellphone, and others now say those involved deserve a harsh punishment.

The video from a high school bus shows one female student aggressively pushing a male student out of his seat, all while taunting him. The young man never fights back.

The video made the rounds on students' Facebook pages this week.

Eyewitness News is not naming the student who appeared to be bullied. He posted this comment on his Facebook page: "It's not a big deal. I refused to give the person sitting next to me on the bus any attention. My thoughts on bullying? Ignore the idiots. All they want is attention, but if they physically hurt you, not pushing or poking but hitting you, then you fight back."

His post drew all sorts of praise, including from his father, who said he was "proud of his son" for showing restraint.

The Iredell Co. School District said the two girls involved were punished, but would not say how. Students told Eyewitness News the girls received five days of out-of-school suspension.

Someone has started an online petition calling for a "minimum of 10 days' out-of-school suspension" for bullying.

A district spokeswoman said the bus driver did write a referral as soon as the incident happened.

The district said it's still investigating the incident.