Stormy Rich, an 18-year-old Florida student, says she was punished after reporting bullying of a special needs student on a school bus, and standing up to those bullies when the school didn’t take action, the Huffington Post reports. Rich, an Umatilla High School student, was riding on a middle school bus because she had earned enough credits to avoid a first-period class, getting to school later by taking the bus for the neighboring middle school, the Daily Commercial reports.

But one girl on the bus — a special needs student — was regularly being picked on by her peers, but couldn’t comprehend what was being done to her.

“Just because she doesn’t understand doesn’t mean that should be happening to her,” Rich told WOFL-TV.

She adds that the peer bullies would tell the girl that she couldn’t sit in certain seats on the bus and would force food in her mouth…

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