MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) student was taken to the hospital for injuries after he was beaten on a school bus. It happened after the bus took off from the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language near 24th and Wisconsin.
An MPS spokesman said it's behavior the district will simply not tolerate.
The victim's family spoke with school officials with help from an interpreter. It wasn't immediately clear what led to such violence.
Milwaukee police said the incident happened on Tuesday, April 9, when the bus came to a stop near 32nd and Brown.
Police said officers arrested a juvenile, while another student was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The juvenile who was arrested received a citation. The injured student was recovering at home.
FOX6 News learned the victim's family spoke with school officials Thursday morning, April 11, with help from an interpreter. The victim's family was being assisted by an organization that helps refugees in the community.
The MPS spokesman released the following statement on the incident:
"Milwaukee Public Schools takes the safety of our students seriously and is currently investigating a student injury."
"On April 9, 2019, a fight started on a bus originating from Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language during the afternoon route. The bus driver requested help, police responded, and an injured student was transported for medical care. The student is recovering at home. Disciplinary action is now being pursued for this student’s attacker."
"Milwaukee Public Schools does not tolerate this type of behavior and has clear policies and procedures to respond to students who harm others. Milwaukee Public Schools has school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors available for any students who may be fearful or anxious following the event."
"Our entire district extends our best wishes to the student and family for complete healing and a quick return to school."
"Diversity is truly our strength," said Keith Posley, MPS superintendent.
As the investigation continued into the factors that led to the dispute on board, a message of unity and embracing each other's uniqueness was on full display for 2,500 students at their annual World Fair Day.
"We're celebrating our rich diversity we have in our school district and the diversity we have around the country," said Posley.
MPS officials said disciplinary action was being pursued against the attacker.