Florida teen beaten on school bus, as driver looks on
GULFPORT, FL. (CNN) – A shocking school bus beating in Florida was caught on tape. It shows a 13-year-old boy brutally stomped by three fellow students.
While the teenagers involved have been charged, new questions are surfacing about the driver and why he didn’t do more to stop it.
Pamela Brown explains.
John Moody, School bus driver: “…no you gotta get somebody here quick quick quick quick. they about to beat this boy to death over here. Please get somebody here quick. And they’re still doing it. There’s nothing I can do.”
School bus driver John Moody looks on in horror, pleading with the dispatcher to send someone to stop the vicious attack.
John Moody, School bus driver: “I got a fight, I need help in a hurry. I need help in a hurry got a fight.”
Police say three 15-year-olds attacked the 13-year-old after he told school officials that one had tried to sell him drugs.
You can hear the 13-year-old’s cries for help as he’s mercilessly punched and stomped.
Police say the attackers broke the victim’s arm and stole his money.
The three boys were arrested on aggravated battery charges.
According to Pinellas County school policy, the driver is not required to intervene, only to call dispatch. Moody says he was too afraid to step in:
John Moody, School bus driver: “The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him and I did all can. I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified.”
Pinellas County leaves it up to the drive, but many counties actually forbid drivers from physically stopping fights.
Gulfport Police say moody won’t face charges, but that the 64-year-old, who retired just two weeks after the beating, could have done more:
Chief Robert Vincent, Gulfport Police Department: “There was clearly an opportunity for him to intervene and or check on the welfare of the children or the child in this case and he didn’t make any effort to do so.”
While his attorney says that was not an option, moody says he’s haunted by the attack, wondering if he could have done more.
John Moody, School bus driver: “I wanted to help him so bad. I wanted to help him so bad, I wanted to help him.”