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Father that went on school bus speaks out

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School bus drivers are trusted with the lives of school children everyday. It's their job to get them safely to and from school. But is it their job to also protect them from other students?

Chris Manin is being charged with assault after he went on a school bus where adults aren't allowed. But he says he was protecting his son.

"Where is the out cry for my child [who] was beaten by three kids on a bus," Manin said. "Where is the outcry of these people's hearts? What injustice this is."

When Manin and his ex-wife, Marcia, were told by their son, that he was getting bullied on the school bus they went to the school and asked to see the video from the bus.

"When I saw the video I started crying," Marcia Manin said. "I saw my son was beaten up for almost half-an-hour; being punched and strangled and choked."

Chris Manin said that the school told him that 3 boys would be suspended from riding the bus. When he got to school the next day and saw one of those boys getting on the bus, he reacted.

"That's why I got on the bus and said 'No, come, lets go and I took him into the office'," Manin said.

"Maybe splitting hairs," Manin said. "I shouldn't have gotten on a school bus, but who's gonna protect my son?"

Although the two dad's don't agree on who was doing the bullying, they both say that this is a situation that should have been handled long before it came to this.

"Is there anybody in this whole system that has come to me and said 'were sorry that this happened to your kid? We've go to work on something',"  Manin said. "No there hasn't been that."

Manin was officially arrested today, although police did not use handcuffs because they said it was not necessary. He is out on a thousand dollar PR bond. Manin will appear in court on October 22.

The school superintendent could not be reached by phone today for comments.

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