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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The video is graphic and lasts 27 seconds. It appears to have been recorded by a student onboard a Carroll County school bus and shows one girl sucker punch another, then a third girl stands up and starts to repeatedly beat the same victim.
The victim's father, David Foster, spoke to WDRB News at length Monday night. He claims his 13-year old daughter is the beating victim. Foster says the incident, which was recorded on video and later posted to Facebook, took place Nov. 15 on board the bus.
Foster claims his daughter suffered a strained neck and head contusions. It all began, he says, when a group of girls from an alternative school asked his daughter if she liked a particular boy. When Foster's daughter replied 'yes,' that's when he claims the beating began.
"And she just went ballistic. She just would not stop until finally someone stepped in and forcefully stopped her," Foster said.
"That ripped me apart. My kids are straight-A students. And to watch my daughter sit there doing everything she can to scream out for help - I felt hopeless, I felt powerless. I could not help her."
Foster claims he took his concerns to district officials with Carroll County Schools. The Carrollton Police Department are also investigating the matter, Foster claims.
Bill Hogan, the school district's assistant superintendent, said: "I have no comment," when asked by a reporter what action the school district had taken regarding the incident. He would also not confirm Foster's claim that students within the district ride the same bus as those placed in the alternative schools.
Hogan directed further comments to the superintendent's office.
The video of the incident was later removed from Facebook, Foster says, but not before he made a copy of it.
Foster says parents and the school district should do a better job of teaching students that this type of behavior is unacceptable. He said after suffering her injuries and going to the emergency room, he says his daughter is feeling better but was initially apprehensive about returning to school.
Law enforcement officials could not be reached before news time Monday night.