August 14, 2013 Pinellas County Florida (ABCActionNews) – John Moody says he suffers from nightmares after not being able to stop a vicious beating caught on his school bus.
“This should have never happened,” said Moody.
Gulfport Police said three 15-years-old ganged up on a 13-year-old after he told a teacher they tried to sell him Marijuana.
One student on that bus who were not identifying still fears for her safety,
Action News asked, “Do you think there is anything the bus driver could have done?
“No, no way. It was ruthless,” she said.
The three teens appeared before a judge.
Were not showing their faces or identifying them because their charged as juveniles. One father apologized and said this,
“Consequences, just consequences that’s all I can say,” he said.
Moody feels the school system should face consequences as well for allowing the boys on the bus in the first place.
“The system failed the victim, those kids who attacked him and they failed me,” said Moody.
Action News took Moody’s accusation to school officials.
Melanie Marquez Parra said, the district is reviewing the incident to see if there are any areas that can be improved on.”
But she could not discuss disciplinary action regarding the teens.
Prosecutors recommended nine months probation for two of the teens a third faces an additional charge for allegedly stealing from the victim.
The judge wants to hear from the victim and view the entire attack before ruling.
“Those boys should not be allowed to go to school in Pinellas County.
The victims father agreed.
We are not identifying him because his son is only thirteen.
“I get knots in my stomach just thinking about it. To this day, I can’t watch the video. Those kids knew right from wrong and they should be expelled.”
School starts next week. And because school officials can’t discuss disciplinary action, it’s uncertain if the teens will be back.
But Parra said expulsion is a possibility in cases where violence is involved.
“The incident from July 9th is unacceptable and extremely upsetting. The Pinellas County School System strives to create a safe environment for students and the district does not tolerate violence.”
Moody retired days after the incident ending a 17 year career.
“This is not the way I wanted to end it, I can’t get those pictures out of my mind. There is nothing I could have done. Nothing.”
Police initially tried charging Moody with child neglect, but prosecutors dropped the charges.
The teens will be back in court on August 27.
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