This horrifying story out of Florida is causing an outcry among parents: A school bus driver helplessly watched a 13-year-old boy get brutally beaten.
Fox News affiliate MyFox8 reports that on July 9 the school bus in Pinellas County, Florida, was making its afternoon run when three older boys started beating another teen. John Moody, the bus driver, alerted his dispatcher, pleading for help. “I got a fight,” he can be heard saying in a graphic video capturing the beating. “Need help in a hurry. Get somebody out here to help. Got a fight.” But he declined to step into the fray himself.
The video shows the 13-year-old crying for help as he was trapped between the bus seats and the floor and repeatedly punched and kicked by the three 15-year-olds. The boy reportedly angered the other three teens when he reported to school officials that one of them had tried to sell him drugs.
Moody, 64, says he was too scared to help. He told CNN affiliate WFLA, “The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him. And I did all I can. I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified.”
Although school policy states that the bus driver isn’t required to step in, Police Chief Robert Vincent of the Gulfport Police Department said, “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.” Many school districts actually forbid drivers from intervening in such instances, citing liability.
The three older boys have been arrested and are awaiting charges. Moody, who had driven buses for 18 years, retired two weeks after the incident. He says he’s still haunted by that day, remarking, “I wanted to help him so bad. I wanted to help him.”
The beaten 13-year-old ended up with two black eyes and a broken arm.
What do you think, moms: Should this driver have intervened?
**Warning: The video below is disturbing.**