Boy Beaten On Lansing School Bus

By: Shannon Kantner Email
By: Shannon Kantner Email

A 9-year-old boy was beaten up on the school bus so badly he hasn't been in class for almost a week.

Eliyahson Yahsha is a student at Mount Hope Elementary and said he switched to that school in December because he's been bullied before.

"When I came to Mt. Hope, I thought I wouldn't have to go through that, and then, now I have a black eye," Eliyahson said.

He's been recovering at home since it happened last Thursday. Eliyahson was on his way home from school - a bus trip less than a mile long - when he says a 12-year-old who had bragged about wanting to beat him up, did just that.

"There was blood coming out of my mouth and stuff," Eliyahson said.

When his dad, Talib Cornelius, met him at the bus stop, he said his son looked like Rocky.

"He was red and crying, I got out of the car, and went to the bus driver, and asked, 'Ok, what happened?'" Cornelius said.

The bus driver told him he didn't see or hear anything, and therefore, didn't pull over. Plus, the camera on the bus wasn't working. Lansing Schools said they don't question the bus driver's story.

"You want bus drivers to focus on driving, which is really they're key responsibility," Lansing Schools spokesperson Bob Kolt said. "It's certainly unacceptable that any young person would get hurt riding the bus."

But Eliyahson's dad said the school's response hasn't been adequate.

"My son is now terrified to go to school and to ride the school bus," Cornelius said. "You have to prove to him that he's safe going to that school, and you're not doing that."

In fact, Eliyahson got a letter from the school saying he was suspended from riding the bus because he wasn't in his assigned seat. Lansing Schools said that's been lifted, and the other boy should expect a punishment.

"We will follow up and make sure that the student who was involved and engaged in this activity will likely face some serious sanctions or suspension," Kolt said.

For now, Eliyahson just hopes he gets better in time for a special family event for his grandma later this month.

"I'm wearing sunglasses, I'm trying to do my best to cover it up, but it doesn't cover up that much," Eliyahson said.

Eliyahson's dad is trying to get a lawyer to take on the case. They plan on switching Eliyahson to Shabazz Academy when he feels ready to go back to school.

Lansing Schools said when it's done investigating, they'll release a full report.

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  • by Common on Feb 25, 2013 at 08:17 PM
    Lansing schools are a joke.
  • by Bill Location: Mason on Feb 19, 2013 at 04:53 AM
    The people wonder why I moved away from the Lansing area.....Bullies, Crime....
  • by dee Location: east lansing on Feb 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM
    I don't understand the actions of many lansing school bus drivers. I see 2 little girls let off on Larch st north of Oakland every day. They cross the road to get to their home and the bus driver always drives off before they cross. Seems like an accident waiting to happen. Since it is a one-way street, why can't the driver let them off on the side of the road their home is on? Are these government employees or underpaid privatized employees?
  • by james Location: lansing on Feb 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM
    Fire the bus driver. Fire whom ever is responsible for sending a non-working camera on the bus into service. Arrest the PARENT of the student that through the punch for assault and expel the student period, end of discussions.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 04:20 PM
    "Sounds like the child who did the beating was pretty proud and we know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Come on parents...get it together and start RAISING your kids, instead of being their best friend." Well said, Jackson. If parents would take the TIME to be parents, a vast majority of problems in this world would be solved...or, I should say, prevented.
  • by Glen Location: Lansing on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM
    As for the victim being suspended from riding the bus because he wasn't in his assigned seat - HOW DO THEY KNOW?! The camera wasn't working and the bus driver admitted he didn't see anything. So..... Completely idiotic. Lansing school district SUCKS.
  • by Sarah Location: Saugatuck on Feb 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM
    Press charges. The cameras on the buses should be functional. Shame on Leroy for his heartless comment.
  • by Jackson Location: Grand Rapids,mi on Feb 11, 2013 at 06:28 PM
    Shame on you Leroy. Really? Why don't you just stand in front of the school with a sign that says bullying is OK? So you know how many kids have succeeded with suicide all because they were being bullied? Not to mention those who have tried and ended up with other mental health disorders. This is America!!! Kids should not be afraid to go to school to get their right to an education. And shame on LSD for not having cameras working. As to the child who got hit; I am so sorry you had to go through that. You did not deserve that to happen to you. I hope your parents sue the pants off for this incident. Sounds like the child who did the beating was pretty proud and we know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Come on parents...get it together and start RAISING your kids, instead of being their best friend.
  • by Lee on Feb 11, 2013 at 05:23 AM
    RT, that is not a prediction that is the reality of the situation.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 10, 2013 at 06:00 AM
    Prediction: This will get swept under the rug by the school district, nothing will happen and no one will be held accountable, and the big shots in the school district will praise themselves for the full investigation they conducted.
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