A mother has spoken out about her daughter's alleged experience with mental and physical bullying after she had had enough of her daughter coming home in tears.
US mother Aimee Johnson made a post on Facebook with three photos showing her daughter distraught over her run-in with her alleged school bullies.
Ms Johnson claims her daughter has been bullied three times on the bus since the family had moved to Louisburg in North Carolina.
She says each time the bullying has been perpetrated by the same three boys.
"This is NOT ok," Ms Johnson wrote in her lengthy and emotional post.
"This is the third time physical violence has happened to her in four months."
"I’m done! This time her water bottle was taken from her and they hit her upside the head with it! Called her 'ugly' and 'dumb'."
The mother claims the bus department and the principal of her daughter's school were notified about the incident and that she was told action would be taken, but it never was.
"My daughter does not deserve this at nine years old by fourth and fifth grade boys! Teach your sons not to hit women! Done," she wrote.
"This right here is the reason we see so many young girls committing suicide! They are bullied! I’m not going to let this happen to my child again!"
Ms Johnson's post has generated thousands of likes and shares, along with hundreds of comments from sympathisers.
She says she has now gone to the local police about the situation.
While they investigate, she has been having conversations with her kids about the importance of self-worth and standing up for yourself, American broadcaster WGN9 reports.
“What we have been trying to tell her is that she’s amazing, don’t listen to what these people say about you," she said.
"But even with us saying, that I feel like this is going to scar her forever."
If you or someone you know is struggling mentally contact Lifeline for support on 131 114.