LOUISBURG, Kan. - A Kansas mom’s online post about her daughter's experience is striking a chord with folks on social media.
Aimee Johnson posted photos of her daughter on Facebook showing her absolutely distraught after her latest run in with school bullies.
In the accompanying post, she said her daughter has been constantly bullied by three boys on the school bus.
Johnson said the school bus bullying began on Dec. 13 and has escalated since then. The kids have called her daughter names, taken things from her and hit her, adding at least three times the bullying has involved physical violence.
“She doesn’t want to go to school. She doesn’t want to get on the bus. She wants to move," Johnson told WDAF. "It's been pretty hard on her.”
The issue affects a lot more people than just those in the Louisburg community. Johnson’s post about the experience has generated thousands of likes and shares, along with comments from sympathizers across the country. Many people have been sharing their own personal stories and thanking Johnson for calling attention to the important issue.
“We were just trying to let our friends and family going on, and then the next thing we know it’s viral," said Johnson’s husband, Brett. "We’re just trying to get the awareness out there that, hey, this needs to be stopped, this is not cool and it should not happen.”
Johnson said she has tried to contact school administrators and the school’s transportation department to see surveillance footage that is recorded on the buses. Unsuccessful in getting help through those avenues, she’s now gone to the local police. While they investigate, Johnson has been having important conversations with her kids about self-worth and standing up for yourself.
“What we have been trying to tell her is that she’s amazing, 'Don’t listen to what these people say about you,'" Johnson said. "But, even with us saying that, I feel like this is going to scar her forever."
WDAF reached out to the Louisburg school superintendent and has not yet received a reply.
According to government research, between 1-in-4 and 1-in-3 U.S. students said they have been bullied at school. For more resources, including how you can talk to your kids about the issue, visit StopBullying.gov.