Teen Brutally Beaten on Pinellas County School Bus, Driver Will Not Face Charges

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Pinellas County bus driver John Moody will not face criminal charges after a brutal beating of a teen boy went down on his bus last month.

On the afternoon of July 9, three 15-year-old boys attacked a 13-year-old boy aboard a school bus. The three stomped on the boy more than 20 times, according to police. They broke his arm and then took his money.

The brutal beating was prompted when the 13-year-old reported the three to school officials earlier that day after they tried to sell him pot.

Moody, 64, had been driving the bus from Lealman Intermediate School summer classes that day.

Gulfport Police arrested the three 15-year-olds, who each face aggravated battery charges.

One of them is charged with taking cash from the 13-year-old.

Authorities had originally sought a child neglect charge against Moody.

Moody had stopped the bus and pleaded to the boys to stop beating the 13-year-old. He called for help, but the teens had fled by the time cops arrived.

Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent said Moody should have intervened but "didn't make any effort to do so."

Moody argued that he had no proper medical training and that district policy prevented him from getting physically involved in the beatdown.

He instead asked other students to break up the mugging.

Moody's attorney, meanwhile, is asking for an apology from the Gulfport PD and from Chief Vincent.

"I think if he had touched these children, he would have put more people in danger," the attorney, Frank McDermott, said. "He would have had to rip them off this young man, throwing these violent children into other children."

Moody has since retired from his bus-driving gig.

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sweeper
sweeper

Maybe its time to bring marshals onto school buses

Cracker
Cracker

The cops that beat Rodney King got away with excessive force.  Why the riots ?

OJ got away with murder.   NO biggie.

Zimmerman was just defending himself.  Again the racist allegations.

What gives in the country ?

Cracker
Cracker

Bus kids from Andrew Jackson High School to Elmont Hight School and vice-versa

White kids got beat up no matter which direction the kids went.     1970's

Cracker
Cracker

"Yo boy, what yo be lookin' at"   "I slap you upside yo head"

"you got the time" - snatch the wrist watch right off the wrist   Seen it MANY times !!!!

Cracker
Cracker

"Yo boy, lemme hol' a dime"    -   Response:  I have no money

"All I finds I keep" -  then I get patted down

I was called cracker, honkey, whitey........

Tell me who the racists are ????

Cracker
Cracker

Tawana Brawley was never raped as she charged the Wappingingers Falls Police many years ago.  Sharpton was there to defend the liar.  Now she is paying Civil Fines for her lies.

Wake up people..........no one wants to talk about the huge "Pink Elephant" in the room !!!!!!

Cracker
Cracker

168th St. and Jamaica Ave. 1970's.  4 black youths only rob the white passengers at knifepoint.  I felt the tip of that knife on my neck.  That's the racism I know.

Cracker
Cracker

Seen a teached outside of JHS231 break up a fight and get knocked out cold.    1970's

Cracker
Cracker

I'm familiar with this type of racism.  Rode public transportation in NYC in the 1970's.

This is the racist I know.......but no one wants to defend the white folks.

Except Bernard Goetz. 

Cracker
Cracker

I'm familiar with this type of racism.  Rode public transportation in NYC in the 1970's.

This is the racist I know.......but no one wants to defend the white folks.

Except Bernard Goetz. 

insearchofjustice
insearchofjustice

WHY isn't this Black man facing charges for watching 3 black thugs beat down a 13 year old white kid because he told on them committing a CRIME....can't get more racial than this...

At the very LEAST he should be FIRED

Where is Obama and who would his son look like now??? Where are Sharpton and Jackson???

Where are all the people who would be screaming bloody murder if it had been 3 white kids who beat down a black kid???

Where is that worthless POS Holder and his in-justice department...OH THATS right...he's off worrying about prosecuting a man who defended himself against a thug like these 3 pieces of human offal.

insearchofjustice
insearchofjustice

WHY isn't this Black man facing charges for watching 3 black thugs beat down a 13 year old white kid because he told on them committing a CRIME....can't get more racial than this...

At the very LEAST he should be FIRED

Where is Obama and who would his son look like now??? Where are Sharpton and Jackson???

Where are all the people who would be screaming bloody murder if it had been 3 white kids who beat down a black kid???

Where is that worthless POS Holder and his in-justice department...OH THATS right...he's off worrying about prosecuting a man who defended himself against a thug like these 3 pieces of human offal.

acmichael
acmichael

Why did this happen a month ago and its just now being reported? Why hasn't Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Obama, all the civil rights groups, Eric Holder, the liberal media and all of the other hypocrites screaming for justice for this poor 13 year old white kid? Why? This is yet another example of the double standard in this country. Those three punks should be charged with attempted murder for this hate crime and that chickenshit bus driver should be charged as an accessory and all four sent to prison for a minimum of 10 years. I hope the white kids parents sue all four of them along with the school district who is responsible for hiring that driver. I'll bet if an investigation is done we'd find out those three have a history of trouble in addition to the drugs the white kid reported. Why didn't the school expel them if they were selling pot at school? Apparently nobody gives a damn about the poor white kid because he is white and that's racism.

richardh691
richardh691

the man did what he was supposed to do another driver got into trouble when she intervend so he did it right and the chief owes him a public apology 

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Maybe these 3 thugs were auditioning for jobs as bouncer at Dirty Blondes.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Is it my imagination or is Florida the beatdown capitol of the U S? BTW, why is the bus driver the focal point of this event?

brianbowen1987
brianbowen1987

I hope that kids parents sue the crap out of all of them. Now, you wonder why whites are afraid of blacks? Control your damn children who grow up to be thugs. Disgusted with these barbaric people.

timmythegreek3
timmythegreek3

It was a White kid being beaten..wheres Al Sharpton?

royhontz
royhontz

If the driver stepped in and the boys attacked him he could have been beaten too. 

If he fought back some idiot would be saying he hurt a child and calling for his arrest.

They need a person trained, with the authority to step in like a cop.

readRed
readRed

From the Zimmerman trial, it seems like the public doesn't want its citizens to get involved.


Based on public opinion, he did the right thing.   call cops don't get involved.



malacorazon
malacorazon

He,s got plenty to do.  You do this one

timmythegreek3
timmythegreek3

wheres the Liberal media now? NOTHING...keeping it REAL QUIET!

malacorazon
malacorazon

@royhontz bsyou cant be charged with being a good samaritan. And all you pussys fraid of black people.  You dont have to be black to smell fear.man up whoever the bad guy is. Geesh

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