Back home is just where 7-year-old Christian Burns wanted to be after an incident on the school bus. His mom points out the marks under his eyes. ( See video)
"Since I got bullied yesterday it did not feel good," Christian Burns said.
Christian said he was punched in the face on the ride home Tuesday afternoon. His twin sisters, 5-year-old Marissa and Alyssa, were next to him.
"I thought they would get hurt because the boys were swinging near the seat because I was near the seat. I moved over, they were about to hit one of my sisters, Marissa, and then I moved over I got hit," Christian Burns said.
Big brother would rather take the blow from a fifth grader than let his sisters get hurt, but still the memory had him screaming while he was asleep Tuesday night. Christian's mom is pleased that he didn't hide from the incident.
"The part that I'm most proud of is that he had the confidence to come and tell me so that I could fight his battles for him," Maria Burns said.
That fighting surprised her. Maria Burns rounded up the kids and went back to Church Creek Elementary in Belcamp.
"What happened at the school was ridiculous. The person that was sitting at the desk went to talk to the principal to ask her if we could have a word and talk about the situation and make her aware and she would not speak to me," Maria Burns said.
Burns said she had to call school headquarters before anyone at Church Creek would talk. In a statement, the school system said "...The situation has been investigated. Appropriate action has been taken against the student involved. If the parent is not happy with the outcome, they can speak with the principal," said Teri Kranefeld, spokeswoman, HCPS.
"Take what your child says seriously and do what you feel you need to do for action to happen. No child should ever feel unsafe," Maria Burns said.
Christian's mom said the boy admitted to punching her son. She was told he was suspended from the bus, but so is Christian until Monday.
Maria Burns was also told the school will ask for the driver to have some help since he did not see the incident play out.
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