YORK, S.C. -- Police in York, South Carolina are investigating the brutal beating of a 12-year-old girl on a school bus. Ariana Magbanua said she had been bullied at school and that led to being beaten by another student on the way home from York Intermediate last Wednesday.
Video obtained by NBC Charlotte shows a much larger girl viciously punching the 5’2”, 94-pound 6th grader in the head. Ariana said she was just trying to survive.
“Just to duck my head, just to make sure I didn’t get hit in the face or anything. I was just waiting for the bus driver to stop. I was just waiting for ‘em to stop so she could get her off of me,” said Ariana.
Ariana’s mother, Susan, said the video is difficult to watch.
"I couldn't watch it all the way through the first time. I couldn't watch it all the way through the second time. In the first minute and a half, which was not the length of the fight, we counted approximately 41 hits over the back of the head,” said Susan Magbanua.
Susan called it, “straight up assault” and said, "I couldn't believe the viciousness. I couldn't believe the size difference. I couldn't believe no one tried to jump in. No one tried to stop it. After you see what she did to Ari, I'm sure many of them did not want to step in."
Ariana’s parents have asked the school and police for justice.
“If I did that to somebody, I'd be going to jail,” said Arnold Magbanua.
Susan said she believes the girl who beat her daughter needs help.
"I wish nothing bad for that little girl. I hope whatever has caused her to have that anger inside of herself, I hope she can find a way to be complete and whole and fix that," she said.
The superintendent of York District One, Dr. Vernon Prosser, told NBC Charlotte, "We will not tolerate violence in any way. We deal with it swiftly and sternly."
Ariana’s best friend shot the video to document the bullying and beating. Ironically, she has been punished for recording the attack. Susan Magbanua said without that video, “It would have all gotten swept under the rug."
Ariana said she was bruised and humiliated by the attack but she hopes what happened to her will be a lesson to others.
"I just hope people stop bullying. If there is somebody getting hurt, speak up."