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Graphic Video: Boy beaten by 3 others on school bus


A shocking school bus beating in Florida was caught on tape showing a 13-year-old boy brutally beaten by three fellow students.

All of the teens involved in the attack have been charged, but new questions are surfacing about the only adult present.

Why didn't the school bus driver do more to stop it?

School bus driver john moody looked on in horror, pleading with the dispatcher to send someone to stop the vicious attack.

"I got a fight, I need help in a hurry. I need help in a hurry got a fight," Moody told the dispatcher.

Police say three 15-year-olds attacked the 13-year-old after he told school officials that one had tried to sell him drugs.

In the graphic video about, you can hear the 13-year-old's cries for help as he's mercilessly punched and stomped.  Police say the attackers broke the victim's arm and stole his money.

The three boys were arrested on aggravated battery charges.  According to Pinellas County school policy, the driver is not required to intervene, only to call dispatch.

Moody says he was too afraid to step in.  "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," said Moody.

Pinellas County leaves it up to the driver, but many counties actually forbid drivers from physically stopping fights.

Gulfport police say Moody won't face charges, but that the 64-year-old, who retired just two weeks after the beating could have done more.  "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," said Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent.

While his attorney says that was not an option, Moody says he's haunted by the attack, wondering if he could have done more.

When asked why moody faces no charges the state's attorney said, "It wasn't like he was looking out the window while cleaning his fingernails" and also downplayed the victim's injuries after the attack.  "The kid got up and skedaddled out the door."

John Moody says this was his only problem in 18 years of driving, and he doesn't want to be judged, or remembered, for it.

Story from CNN's Pamela Brown.  What do you think about the bus driver's actions?  Share your thoughts in our comments section below.

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