'Petrified' School Bus Driver Watches as Teen Is Brutally Beaten By Classmates (VIDEO)

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school busAs a parent, you want your child to do the right thing. Unfortunately, doing the "right thing" got one 13-year-old from Florida beaten senseless by three of his classmates. I'm sure he had no idea what would happen when he got on the bus that July afternoon. But when three boys attacked him, bullied him to the ground, and beat him to a pulp in between two bus seats -- I bet he (and his parents) wish he never did.

The results? Two black eyes and a broken arm, all because he "ratted" out one of the assailants for trying to sell him drugs to school officials. The hardest part of it all? The bus driver, John Moody, wanted to help. He called dispatchers, told the attackers to leave the boy alone, but he was too petrified to step in himself.

Technically, Moody didn't do anything wrong. He did what he was required to by law. But if I was this brutally beaten teen's mom, that would be one VERY hard pill to swallow.

First things first, let's watch the horrifying fight:

It's not Moody's fault that the scene escalated so quickly. It's not his fault that he was scared that stepping in would endanger his life. I know that. But it pains me to think that there was an adult on the scene who couldn't do anything to stop the horrible beating that was going on.

I have to wonder, are school bus altercations becoming such an issue throughout our nation that we have to reevaluate the way they run? Would it be wise to have someone who was more capable of aiding in such an event instead of that oh-so-common sweet older man behind the wheel?

It's hard. I remember my bus driver from back in elementary school, an older woman who we all loved for her kind spirit, great smile, and awesome taste in sweaters. I loved seeing her at the beginning and end of my day, but then again, frightening fights like this weren't a commonality like they are now.

There's no doubt that in my mind that for my parents, my safety would trump keeping that sweet bus driver on our weekly route. It'll be interesting to see, as back-to-school season starts, if this is the kind of conversation more and more school districts are having, too.

My heart goes out to that poor bullied teen and his parents.

Do you think school bus drivers should be able to step in if there's an altercation? What would you have done in that situation?


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nonmember avatar NoWay

A bus driver is there to DRIVE the bus. It seems they need monitors on the busses ... possible very large monitors ... to help prevent this from happening. And why did these punks know who ratted them out? That kind of information should be anonymous to prevent this kind of stuff from happeneing. And I also don't blame the driver for being scared ... remember the little boy who was kidnapped and kept in a bunker? The driver was killed trying to protect the kids. So sad.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

The bus driver did the right thing. Intervening in this fight certainly would've put the driver and his life and safety at risk. The article mentions that Moody called "dispatchers". Does this mean he called the bus company dispatchers or 911 dispatchers?

nonmember avatar MrsClark87

This scares me. My son will be on 2nd grade this year. He will be taking the school bus for the first time and I am terrified. He really wanted too because his cousin rides and my husband said that this would be a good way to give him a little independence. The bus driver did nothing wrong. It's the little punks who did it. If that was my kid, I would be pressing charges against the little bastards, and suing their parents blind.

the4m... the4mutts

Buses need monitors as well as drivers now-a-days. Kids are becoming ruthless. If I were the victim's mother, yes, I would be hurt that someone didnt step in, but you can't really blame the guy.

Nelli... NellieAthome

And if the driver had intervened every one of those teen's parents would be suing him for "assaulting" their precious little babies

The driver acted appropriately

kckcm2 kckcm2

It's not the drivers job. However, odd be hard pressed not to be mad if I were mom. That being said I don't think the drivers actions or lack they of should be the focus here.

Happy... Happydad73

Reason 1063 we decided to homeschool our children.

Chelsea Boykin

The driver could do nothing. It was a lose/lose situation. If he had stepped in, I am sure the parents of the bullies would step in demanding he be let go of his job because of their "babies". He did the right thing when he called police.. He could have been injured, he could have gotten into trouble.. Its just a no-win. Someone should definitely be on that bus for the kids, who is ALLOWED to handle these types of situations, physically if need be.

nonmember avatar MS

School buses have always been dangerous. I remember plenty of fights happening on the bus when I rode twenty years ago. There is absolutely no supervision because the driver is too busy driving to notice or do anything. I will not be putting my kids on a school bus after seeing all that I have seen go on there.

divin... divinedimension

I think this can be resolved by hiring large aides to protect and intervene for the safety of students. The driver did the right thing. Of course, he can't stop three young teens from pouncing on another- he's an old man! I wouldn't have put myself in between those boys and the victim, either!

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