GRAPHIC: School bus driver watches fight
POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:46am
UPDATED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 10:46am
Gulfport, FL — A shocking school bus beating in Florida was caught on tape, it shows a 13 year-old boy brutally stomped by three fellow students. All of the teens involved in the attack have been charged, but new questions are surfacing about the only adult present. Why didn't the school bus driver do more to stop it?
John Moody: "...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."
Moody looks on in horror, pleading with the dispatcher to send someone to stop the vicious attack, "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, "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 driver, 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.
When asked why Moody face no charges, the State's Attorney said,
"It wasn't like he was looking out the window while cleaning his fingernails," and also downplayed the victim's injuries after the attack, "The kid got up and skedaddled out the door."
John Moody says this was his only problem in 18 years of driving and he doesn't want to be judged or remembers for it, "I wanted to help him so bad. I wanted to help him so bad, I wanted to help him."