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Winter Haven mom has tough questions for school board after son attacked on bus

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Alisha Styles wants to know why Polk County School officials never called about her son getting knocked unconscious on a school bus on Monday afternoon. Alisha Styles wants to know why Polk County School officials never called about her son getting knocked unconscious on a school bus on Monday afternoon.

A Winter Haven mother has some tough questions for the Polk County School Board after her 14-year-old son was beaten unconscious on a school bus.

Alisha Styles said she received a call on Thursday morning that her son had not been to school for two days.

However, she wants to know why Polk County School officials never called about her son getting knocked unconscious on a school bus on Monday afternoon.

The reason he hasn't been back to school since then, she said, is she fears for her son's safety.

On her son's ride home from school on a Polk County school bus Monday afternoon, two fellow students attacked him as he was sleeping.

One of those students had been banned from riding the bus, but managed to slip on.

Styles wants to feel confident that schools have their procedures in order about who rides buses before her son boards a school bus again.

The school board refuses to speak on camera about the incident or about the current procedures in place when it comes to knowing who does and doesn't get to ride busses.

However, they released the following statement to News Channel 8 on Thursday afternoon:

"At Polk County Public Schools, we take seriously the safety of our students.

In an effort to assure students are safe, all the buses serving Don E. Woods Opportunity Center and Bill Duncan Opportunity Center will have off-duty deputies on them by the end of the week.

The bus that had the altercation was assigned an off-duty deputy last night.

The bus driver has been removed from this bus pending the investigation.

We are also reevaluating how we track student ridership information, in hopes of preventing such incidents from happening in the future."

Investigators say the two teens who attacked Styles' son are associated with gangs. Christopher Dawayne Lewis, 15, and Jo’ Terious Denmark, 15, were charged with felony battery.

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