WALTON COUNTY, Ga. (KAKE) - An 11-year-old Georgia boy jumped out of a school bus window earlier this month did it to get away from bullies, the middle schooler's father says. 

The boy suffered a concussion and a broken elbow in the May 5 incident east of Atlanta. Investigators say he landed on top of a pickup truck and fell onto the highway, WAGA reports.  

"Death. First thing I'm thinking when I hear you jumped out a vehicle, because I'm curious if it was moving and I'm thinking about moving traffic and I was concerned he'd get ran over or killed," Dion Murphy, the boy's father, told the local Fox affiliate.

Murphy said he watched video of the incident at a meeting with the principal. 

"One student jumped in his face. he was pushing him against the window, when he fell, the other student took his shoe. My son, for a desperate need to escape it, he jumped out the window."


Rescue crews respond to the scene along Georgia Highway 81 in Walton County after an 11-year-old boy jumps from a school bus on May 5, 2021. (Walton County Sheriff's Office)

Murphy said older students have bullied his son on the bus all year, and he met with school leaders in March. 

"I recently saw a tape that a girl was hitting on him as well. There's another tape of him being dragged down the aisle, there's more video of the boys from this May 5th situation," Murphy said. "There's more tapes and that's why I'm so upset because the school neglected the bullying act and did not do anything about it. They took it as horse-play, but my son could have lost his life."

The school district released the following statement: 

"Following a bus incident on May 5, a Walton County School District student sustained minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The other students and driver on the bus were not injured. School and district officials are aware of the bullying allegations made in connection with this event. The Walton County School District does not tolerate bullying and harassment of any kind. The incident is being thoroughly investigated by school officials and any disciplinary issues that may arise will be handled appropriately at the school level."

The boy is no longer enrolled at the middle school.