A 64-year-old school bus driver, John Moody, won’t be facing criminal charges after three 15-year-olds attacked a 13-year-old on his bus last month in Pinellas County, Florida. Police said the boy was kicked and stomped 23 times during the attack.
A cell phone and a surveillance camera caught the fight on video. As the attack was happening, Moody called for help, but failed to take any action to stop the three attackers. “I got a fight,” Moody can be heard saying in the video. “I need help in a hurry, I got a fight I need help in a hurry. 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.”
— Liambert (@taxover2kids) August 5, 2013
Many people are wondering why Moody didn’t do more to help the victim. “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,” Gulport Police Chief Robert Vincent said. “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. I wanted to help him so bad. I wanted to help him so bad, I wanted to help him,” Moody said.
Authorities were originally seeking child neglect charges against Moody, but they have since been dropped. Frank McDermott, Moody’s attorney, said the child neglect accusations were “preposterous.” “I don’t think law enforcement should ever tell citizens to intervene in a violent attack. John did what he was trained to do,” McDermott said. The three boys were arrested on aggravated battery charges.