GULFPORT, Fla. — A Florida bus driver said he was afraid to get involved in a fight between students on his bus, but police say he didn’t do enough to intervene.
Video from July 9 from the bus camera show a group of teens beating and kicking another teen. John Moody called dispatchers for help on a phone, and he’s also heard on the video telling the teens, “Leave that boy alone. Leave him alone.”
“It’s been just a trying time for me. Sleepless nights. It’s been tough. Three boys just jumped on him, start pounding on him. I did all I can,” Moody told WFLA. “I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified.
“There was clearly an opportunity to intervene and/or check on the welfare of the children or child in this case and he didn’t make any effort to do so,” said Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent told WFLA.
Prosecutors say there is no basis to charge Moody, who retired after the incident. According to Pinellas County, Florida, school policy, a bus driver does not have to step in, but can step in if the bus driver feels it’s safe to do so.
Three 15-year-olds were charged with aggravated assault. Police say the teen, who had two black eyes and a broken arm, was beaten after he told officials about classmates who had drugs.
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