Bus Driver Will Not Be Charged in Fight Between Students

The 64-year-old driver stopped the bus and called dispatch when he saw the beating but did not try to stop the fight, according to the school district.

Bus driver John Moody has retired since the July 9 incident, which was caught on video.
Bus driver John Moody has retired since the July 9 incident, which was caught on video.

A 64-year-old school bus driver will not face child neglect charges for allegedly failing to intervene in a student fight, according to WTSP.com.

John Moody has retired since the July 9 incident, which was caught on video. The video shows three 15-year-old boys beating a 13-year-old boy on the school bus.

Gulfport Police have charged the three older teenagers in the incident.

Moody phoned dispatch but did not try to intervene. The victim suffered a broken arm, cuts and bruises.

According to the school district, Moody stopped the bus and called dispatch when he saw the beating.

Prosecutors said that Moody's actions did not rise to the level of child neglect, according to WTSP.com.

According to Sgt. Thomas Woodman,  the 13-year-old victim had an earlier run-in with one of the suspects who tried to sell him drugs in a restroom at the Lealman Intermediate School. The victim reported this to school officials.

According to officials, at the end of the school day, the victim and suspect rode home on the same bus, #702.

For additional coverage of the incident, see Student Robbed, Assaulted on School Bus.

Sandra Dornick August 06, 2013 at 09:06 AM
Red flag. One reports the other boy for trying to sell drugs, and they they are put in the same bus together with the sellers friends. I would find it almost impossible to believe this was the first attempt of to try selling drugs and that the school wasn't aware it. I would find negligence in part of the school. These three are bullies and need to be punished. Once they get out of juvenile detention center they should never be allowed back on a school bus. Not 3 days or 3 months, but for the rest of their school career. Parents should also be held accountable for these juveniles actions, they are all under age and totally the parent(s) responsibility. As far as the bus driver, he did not look like he was made to be confrontational, but he should have assisted the injured boy, no doubt. Every parent should have to ride the school bus and see what really goes on in them. Many of these kids are like wild animals, including elementary kids. People wonder why there is a shortage of bus drivers ... this should be an eye opener. It is such a huge responsibility with your hands tied.
Bill Church August 06, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Sandra - excellent commentary - very well put and right on point!
KC August 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Paul Ray - unlike your badazz self not all 64 yr old seniors are ex-military and martial artist.... it isn't the question what you - I or anyone else would have done... point is THIS senior did the right thing by calling police to handle it. If he had gotten involved ( despite what others may believe) in Pinellas Co. He would of been charged. 6 years ago on Halloween I watched the neighborhood bully kid shove a little girl to skin up and cut her knee, then stole her bag of candy. So I took action and grabbed the little punk - I then reclaimed the little girls candy and also felt it justice to give her his candy. The little girl went to get 4 stitches with her father where she had split open her knee. 15 minutes later the cops show up and charge me with assault on a minor - and strong arm robbery. Did I steal his candy - yes. Handcuffs - jail. My bail was 10,000 so that cost me $1,000.00 then the lawyer was another 7,000.00 all because the punk kid lied about "what really happened" and you wonder WHY people like myself just turn away anymore?
Sandra Dornick August 13, 2013 at 11:14 PM
This is disturbing ... two of these thugs get probation and the other fate isn't met yet. http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/08/dad-son-sorry-for-beating-white-boy-on-bus-2/
CJ August 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Sandra. Wow. I had thought I was done commenting on this story until I saw your post and the link on it. It has the word ''white boy'' in it. I have to tell you...I had ''assumed'' all along that the kid who got beat up was also black. The video clearly shows the 3 punks who did it were black. I have had the impression from the way articles and news reports on this have been given...that the reason the kid got beat up was because he refused to buy drugs...or snitched...or something like that. It never occurred to me this was a racist issue. I am not quick to use that term. In fact...I was so startled by seeing for the first time that this was a white boy that got beaten...I now wonder why this crime is not just considered ''just'' a racist incident...but an actual ''Hate Crime''...which is a whole different degree of crime. It would then be a Federal Crime. These 3 young boys are getting off way too easy, but I realize that the Juvenile system is what it is. It's obvious why many juvenile crimes are now tried as adults...and this case is surely borderline at best. With the amount of video evidence, I fail to see why this was not handled as a Hate Crime. If it had been 3 white kids beating a black kid like this...well....I should not have to argue the point with ''anyone''...that it would have been handled a lot differently. We'd be seeing 3 white boys being charged as adults. I can live with the fact this was not charged as a hate crime, but I reserve my own judgment on what I think on that. If it was not a Hate Crime, I don't think you can get any closer to how you can define one.


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