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Florida School Bus Driver Wont Face Charges After Three Teens Beat StudentGULFPORT, FL  — The driver of the school bus accused by some of not doing enough to protect a 13-year-old kid who was getting his ass kicked by three teens will not face any charges.

According to Gulfport police, the bus had left Lealman Intermediate School when three 15-year-olds — Lloyd Khemradj, Julian McKnight and Joshua Reddin — punched and kicked the 13-year-old victim dozens of times, fracturing his hand and robbing him before leaving via the rear emergency door.

The motive behind the beating stems from the victim telling school officials that one of the attackers had tried to sell him pot in the school bathroom two weeks earlier. The three boys are now facing charges of aggravated battery with one of them facing an additional charge of robbery for taking the victim’s cash.

Police initially wanted charges filed against the bus driver, 64-year-old John Moody, for failing to properly 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,” said Chief Robert Vincent of Gulfport Police Department.

But Pinellas County prosecutors later decided not to charge Moody, a 17-year veteran with the school district, stating that while he may not have done everything possible, he did act within the law and within district policy. Moody wasn’t required to intervene if he didn’t feel it was safe, and is only required to call dispatch.

“It wasn’t like he was looking out the window cleaning his fingernails or something like that,” said Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett. Moody, who has since retired, admitted he was scared and in shock.

Florida School Bus Driver Wont Face Charges After Three Teens Beat Student

Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Khemradj Lloyd

To be honest, I agree with prosecutors and don’t fault Moody at all. He’s an old guy who’s been doing this job for almost two decades without incident. He was scared, in shock, whatever – and with absolutely no training when dealing with an assault like the one seen in the video.

Focusing on the driver, to me, just detracts from where the blame truly lies – the three teens that attacked the 13-year-old.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/t2sister Pat Dazis

    Well looking at those three photos I’d say the only guy would have been in as much danger as the 13 year old.. even if he wasn’t old he still probably would have had his hands full those boys looked big enough to do some damage in a group. Those busses should have a panic button that would call the police to the location. I know the technology is there buses in many cities have it

  • https://www.facebook.com/janet.velasquez.52 Janet Velasquez

    either way, he should of intervened….poor kid!

  • CurzonDax

    And I bet those teens parents are just so proud and doing all they can to to not let them get in trouble for it. Piece of crap cowards all of them.

  • sugarpie

    I’d say three 15 year old boys with a mission would be pretty indimidating to a 64 year old man. I’m sure if he had tried to intervene, the outcome may have been much worse.

  • https://www.facebook.com/russ.stadler Russ Stadler

    Where’s George when you need him? Nice outstanding you men,huh? Just like Trayvon. SMH!

  • https://www.facebook.com/teresa.patterson.188 Teresa Lynn

    The bus driver should in no way at all be at fault, if they’re going to try to charge him they need to go after the other kids on the bus too. They didn’t do anything either. Especially the one who took his own video from the back of the bus screaming “beat his ass!” Which you’ll see if you watch the news video.

  • Denise M.

    Agreed.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    The only “National Spotlight” on this story has been here……………………..

  • https://www.facebook.com/carol.ekman Carol Ekman

    Armed bus
    Monitors.

  • https://www.facebook.com/sandra.barron.12 Sandra Barron

    Having lived in that area,what those 3 thugs did, is normal behavior for them.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Police officers aren’t required to intervene on behalf of an individual… why should a bus driver be? They get even shittier pay and benefits, and don’t carry a gun.

    Prosecutors made the right call, here.

  • DeweyCheatam

    Maybe we could send these three hood rats to keep Stevie Wonder, Al Sharpton, and all of the other FL boycotters company.

  • kcjosh

    Everybody just take a second and think about the public outcry if this would have been 3 white kids beating a black kid like that. Where is the protest demanding that these kids be charged with attempted murder? This is the first time I’ve even heard about this case….

  • https://www.facebook.com/sheila.blount.129 Sheila Blount

    Are these 3 thugs being charged with a hate crime

  • https://www.facebook.com/terence.scott.940 Terence Scott

    My bus driver was old and she would pull over and jump in anybody’s ass who asked for it. She got up close and personal.

  • https://www.facebook.com/t2sister Pat Dazis

    What do you think.. I highly doubt it…. oh glad to see you’re feeling better Sheila

  • https://www.facebook.com/sheila.blount.129 Sheila Blount

    Ty Pat, you know damn well they’re not, but should be. Same laws should apply to all.

  • t0ofIy

    I read or hear a variation of this comment every single day. Go to CNN, turn on FOX. there is an outrage over it. quit repeating talking points it makes my head hurt.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kyle.thompson.54943600 Kyle Thompson

    Where’s Al Worthless Sharpton now? Jesse Jackson? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

  • https://www.facebook.com/FFEMT212 Arthur A. Sekhem Ball

    There’s no way that bus driver should be blamed for that and, those three bullies should have been charged with attempted murder.

  • kcjosh

    I just went to CNN and I would hardly call a little box under a steroid story public outcry. Head on over to FOX….damn not even a single mention of the story on the front page. Surely there must be something on MSNBC right? Nope not a single fucking thing. You know what is on the front of MSNBC right now though…Oprah comparing Trayvon Martin to Emmitt Till. I’m sorry that I made your precious little head hurt but it’s a fucking outrage that shit like this is continually swept under the rug.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kyriewise Kyrie Wise Smith

    lol, bus drivers don’t do squat. I got bullied on buses all of the time with no help. The two times I reacted, the bus drivers knew enough to know that there was no reason to even say they’d witnessed a thing.

    One girl bullied me on a bus until I called to her out the window and spit on her face. She later pushed me down a flight of concrete stairs…. The school refused to get involved at all even though I was pushed down the stairs as school was ending while at school…. This was in Atlanta. This was without them knowing anything about the incident other than I was pushed down a flight of stairs. Atlanta sucked at doing anything at all to stop bullies.

    Another time was in Montana. I have a crock pot temper. I’ll take a lot of abuse before reacting. These girls behind me were always knocking off my head phones, pulling my hairs, etc on the bus. One day i just saw red and backhanded the first one my hand reached. I hit hard. She was screaming and crying and her friend was saying, “Why would you do that?!” All of the other kids on the bus started yelling one of the names they used to pick on me and just chanting it over and over and cheering. It’s amazing how many “friends” a little violence will buy you. The bus driver was smirking. I just went back to reading my book. The number one thing that got me picked on was reading. lol

    I guess I’m lucky and unlucky. Every adult to ever deal with me in a bullying situation knows that I keep my head down and never start anything so I’ve never gotten into trouble when I finally fight back or retaliate.

    I’m happy this kid’s story made the news. When I was 10, my 6-7 yr old little brother and I got jumped on the way home from the school bus stop by three 13 yr olds because I refused to have sex with one. My little brother got pinned and punched in the back and I got thrown on the ground, stomped on, and hit in the head with a cinder block. The school did nothing because they felt so bad that the kid I refused to sleep with has a deaf mother…. -.- That kid got away with everything!

    One of the best schools I’ve been to was in Tampa. Lithia Springs. The school where we lived was shut down for being segregated and not meeting basic standards so they buses us far far away to this other school that way amazing. If you saw the old school I would have been stuck at….. Covered in graffiti, windows busted out, awful. Looked like it would have been worse than the GA schools. This was in ’98-’99. I’m not surprised that they had an incident like this. There’s a reason why I had my kids far from schools like that.

  • Texas Ranger

    I’m confused. You mean cops not on duty?

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Sure don’t, Tex. It was ruled by the Supreme Court in 2005 that there is no constitutional duty for a police officer to protect or render assistance and, thus, cannot be held liable for a failure to do so.

  • Texas Ranger

    on duty or off duty or both?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kimbev69 Kim Graves

    My son lit a piece of paper on the bus and she drove directly to the police station he got community service, so there are things the bus drivers are told to do in case of an emergency

  • kimbev69

    That guy lost his lawsuit on nyc recently, he stopped that guy that killed a few people and a cop sat there watching him get slashed and did nothing

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    On-duty, but certainly off-duty as well.

  • https://www.facebook.com/joseph.dzencelowcz Joseph Dzencelowcz

    Ggggaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!! >.<

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    I was raped by 3 boys on a school bus when I was 15. I am sure the driver knew, no one did anything, no one said anything. Except everyone who labeled me a slut afterwards. It’s not like we were the only 4 kids on that bus.

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I’ve seen you reference this case a couple of times and I had to do some research. I’ve only read a couple of articles but this is what I’ve come up with. First, (really really really digging into my head to remember) police tend to be treated as state powers and so it was Colorado’s law that got Gonzales’ case dismissed. She tried to take it federally since there wasn’t anything that she could do within the state’s jurisdiction but she failed to show how her interest was a constitutional matter thereby sending the case back to state level ie keeping the state’s original ruling.

    That’s all I got! Now I don’t know if I’m more confused, cleared anything up or should just keep my mind on things like Bravo’s array of braincell killing shows!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    What the heck would they have charged him with???!!

  • Jermaine Marcel Dotson

    Why would this need “National Spotlight”?

  • Jermaine Marcel Dotson

    …This is why I hated riding the damn bus to school, I can’t tell you how offend this happened police were called and when they big bad teenagers got the handcuffed slapped on their dumbasses how fast they’d break down “I won’t my mama”……stupidity.

  • Nathan Lovell

    Animals!

  • Chad McAfee

    both. they have a duty to protect society as a whole, not an individual

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.m.mann1 Lisa Marie Mann

    kids and schools buses don’t mix I tried to take my kids to school when ever I could I hated for them to ride the bus for 1 they are not safe and bus drivers can not always break up fights kids now a days are scary to me they will gang up on you really quickly I fell sorry for the 13 who was getting his butt kicked

  • Jessica Stewart

    I didn’t know this, and it makes me a little sad. I mean it’s great that there are Police who still believe in ‘Protect and Serve’, but I thought that protection was literally part of what they did. This site is killing my naivety micron by micron.

  • LuvsHorror

    The world isn’t very fair, is it? I am very sorry that happened to you.

  • LuvsHorror

    Was the victim white? I didn’t see that.

  • Texas Ranger

    Hmmm. Gotta figure out a way to get that ruling incorporated into my job description.

  • sfaber

    he was a justin bieber looking kid

  • https://www.facebook.com/michelle.gillissie Michelle Gillissie

    Charge the parents instead

  • Jessica Stewart

    Everybody just take a second and think about the p?u?b?l?i?c? ?o?u?t?c?r?y? sheer awesomeness if this would have been 3 w?h?i?t?e? k?i?d?s? people beating a? ?b?l?a?c?k? ?k?i?d? the shit outta Justin Bieber like that. lol

  • https://www.facebook.com/sasha.lebron Sasha Gonzalez Lebron

    Really it takes 3 15 year olds to beat a little 13 yr old white kids ass? That’s just sad, I agree the little boy is a snitch but didn’t need to get jumped. Come on your really gonna tell a teacher someone tried to sell you pot? I’m sorry but no wonder kids get bullied, too soft.

  • mean birch

    Sure, blame the driver. ridiculous. Vicious attack done by bully thugs with such fierce aggression. And its the drivers fault.

  • technicolorpachyderms

    I can’t help but wonder if he got weed from them and then didn’t pay up. I certainly don’t mean to imply that that would at all justify their actions, but the whole “I didn’t buy any and then they beat me up and took my money” story seems a little weird to me. Perhaps there is some detail I’m missing. My reading comprehension isn’t what it used to be, I certainly prove that all the time.

  • wolfcat

    lol,
    bus drivers don’t do squat. I got bullied on buses all of the time with
    no help. The two times I reacted, the bus drivers knew enough to know
    that there was no reason to even say they’d witnessed a thing.

    One girl bullied me on a bus until I called
    to her out the window and spit on her face. She later pushed me down a
    flight of concrete stairs…. The school refused to get involved at all
    even though I was pushed down the stairs as school was ending while at
    school…. This was in Atlanta. This was without them knowing anything
    about the incident other than I was pushed down a flight of stairs.
    Atlanta sucked at doing anything at all to stop bullies.

    Another
    time was in Montana. I have a crock pot temper. I’ll take a lot of
    abuse before reacting. These girls behind me were always knocking off my
    head phones, pulling my hairs, etc on the bus. One day i just saw red
    and backhanded the first one my hand reached. I hit hard. She was
    screaming and crying and her friend was saying, “Why would you do
    that?!” All of the other kids on the bus started yelling one of the
    names they used to pick on me and just chanting it over and over and
    cheering. It’s amazing how many “friends” a little violence will buy
    you. The bus driver was smirking. I just went back to reading my book.
    The number one thing that got me picked on was reading. lol

    I
    guess I’m lucky and unlucky. Every adult to ever deal with me in a
    bullying situation knows that I keep my head down and never start
    anything so I’ve never gotten into trouble when I finally fight back or
    retaliate.

    I’m
    happy this kid’s story made the news. When I was 10, my 6-7 yr old
    little brother and I got jumped on the way home from the school bus stop
    by three 13 yr olds because I refused to have sex with one. My little
    brother got pinned and punched in the back and I got thrown on the
    ground, stomped on, and hit in the head with a cinder block. The school
    did nothing because they felt so bad that the kid I refused to sleep
    with has a deaf mother…. -.- That kid got away with everything!

    One
    of the best schools I’ve been to was in Tampa. Lithia Springs. The
    school where we lived was shut down for being segregated and not meeting
    basic standards so they buses us far far away to this other school that
    way amazing. If you saw the old school I would have been stuck at…..
    Covered in graffiti, windows busted out, awful. Looked like it would
    have been worse than the GA schools. This was in ’98-’99. I’m not
    surprised that they had an incident like this. There’s a reason why I
    had my kids far from schools like that.

  • Charles Martel

    3 Trayvons, plain and simple. Too bad they weren’t also put down like the rabid animals that they are. This time the vicious assault was caught on video.

  • Charles Martel

    Animals? Worse.

  • Robin Renea Tison

    I Do not want to watch it, but is the victim white?just curious because this seems to be happening alote now lately and um I look white so i need to know if i need protection

  • megandrewsmom

    Yep

  • megandrewsmom

    Yeah, no one ever gets beat up for being a whistle-blower.

  • technicolorpachyderms

    Ah, see! I just reread the article aloud to someone and saw the aforementioned reading comprehension fail… I missed the bit about him telling on them. MY brain just skips around at will sometimes, feels like.

    Again, I HATE violence and what they did is disgusting but come on, man! They were trying to hook you up!

  • Charles Martel

    Just like GZ needed protection from THUG Trayvon OPEN your eyes stop listening to the left wing media black on white crime is RAMPANT GZ was a HERO.

  • Charles Martel

    So the 3 imbeciles that gave me a thumbs down don’t think that trayvon’s assault was just as vicious? Open your eyes idiots.

  • nowitzki41

    so why no mention of the fact it’s 3 blacks beating a white kid? if it was the opposite this would be everywhere and riots in the street. the double standard is getting ridiculous. it’s ok for the white person to be the victim, media will bury it under the rug

  • nowitzki41

    yea, they think it’s payback for zimmerman, even though he isnt even white. the media just made it a race thing.

  • Pyncky

    First of all, if the driver DID intervene and one of mama’s babies got a split lip then there goes his job and his pension. Secondly, I wonder, what the uproar would sound like if three older white boys beat up a 13 year old black boy. Can they be charged with a hate crime or does the pot selling accusation negate that. I have found myself in a similar situation as the bus driver, but in my case it was a domestic violence crime. I intervened and have never regretted it, but then I was much younger than 64 years. Would I do the same today? Yes, if my wife wasn’t around to try to get me to stop. Would I get hurt? Quite possibly but I have to look at myself everyday when I shave and if being old means that I have to stop helping someone when they need it, then why keep living at all.

    Prosecutors were right, but the driver is still a coward.

  • Jessie

    KHEMRADJ? I’d beat people up too if that was my f**king name. What a trio of ‘tards.

  • Robin Renea Tison

    actually i dont listen to left wing and my comment was kinda sarcasim because i did not need to even watch the vid OR look at comments I JUST KNEW THE VITIM WAS WHITE

  • Robin Renea Tison

    why is the focus on the DRIVER? ok yeah maybe HE could of tried to help, BUT he is NOT the one beating the crap out of the kid..and why is it i keep seeing 3 or 4 blk guys beating the crap out of one white person and then it is called robbery??

  • kcjosh

    Yes he was. You can see in the beating video.

  • BearsBluff

    Does Florida not have a lynching law? In SC these guys would be charged with lynching, defined as “any act of violence by two or more people against another, regardless of race”. There were plenty of girls charged with this crime in my HS.

  • RoxBerry

    Animals… plain animals

  • WarriorArtemis

    I’d be scared too…teens these days don’t seem to have any conscience at all. Which is why I usually carry a weapon of some sort…Gotta protect yourself from all this WTF.

  • RedScarab

    kill them

  • techsupp0rt

    The bus driver drives the bus. He’s not a fucking bouncer. The ONLY people here at fault are these piece of shit little thugs and the worthless vessels they were spawned from who didn’t bother to teach them a damn thing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AngelaMelek Angela Hill

    I wish they would’ve focused on how parents need to raise there children better. The parents of these ghetto kids no doubt have no idea how to raise them properly.

  • MyHovercraftIsFullofEels

    Well I got my revenge by making sure I had an awesome life and raising my kids to be honest and decent people.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    There have been numerous similar cases (Warren V. D.C. being one of the better-known), and they all receive similar rulings: There is no constitutional duty to protect (yes, by a failure for anyone who has brought suit to show constitutional interest). Cops and Social Workers specifically (but, by proxy, other public servants of this nature) cannot be held liable, criminally or civilly, if their inaction fails to protect an individual.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    Are you actually LE, Tex?

  • Texas Ranger

    No way. I have way too many evil thoughts to actually be responsible for enforcing laws.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    lolololol. Yeah, that’s part of what stopped my pursuit of that particular profession.

  • Leasha

    Mr. Moody is a fucking pussy. I hope he remembers the victim’s screams and the sounds of him being hit over and over. Fuck that POS bus driver, just as guilty as the teens who did it. Shame on the rest of the teens in the bus who did nothing as well.

  • Texas Ranger

    Yeah. I’m not and don’t think I could ever be a “proper procedure” kinda guy. I tend to operate in the gray areas most comfortably. Plus I got an itchy trigger finger.

  • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

    Well, if we aren’t going to arm bus drivers with the training and knowledge about how to approach this type of thing, why should we expect them to jump in the middle and get their own asses kicked? We can’t have it both ways.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    I always figured I’d be kind of crooked. As I like to put it, “Gimme your drugs, kids, and I won’t call your parents,” crooked, not, “I’m placing the drugs I just confiscated from some kids into the pocket of this minority offender I just stopped,” crooked. But who knows how far the leap is? Absolute power corrupts absolutely, right? :P

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    So… Exactly how many multiple-offender assaults have you thrown yourself into? And if this man’s age isn’t an excuse against three violent young men, surely you wouldn’t consider your gender to be…

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Alrighty, then–I’ll be waiting for the outcome of YOU trying to stop three drug-dealing teenagers from beating the shit out of another teenager of another race.

    I’m sure you’ll have a lovely hospital stay and/or funeral.

  • techsupp0rt

    Your blatant racism is poorly masked.

  • Heisenberg

    If Obama had 3 half sons

  • Texas Ranger

    I’m with ya there. A good chick sob story…if she was hot enough….would work wonders. Plus any gratuity offers for ticket dismissals might be too tempting also….especially if she was real busty and had a cute crooked smile.

  • rpgmomma8404

    No way a 64 year old man could have fought off three 15 year old punks.

  • Neon_Gonorrhea

    They are all Trayvon.

  • BubblesinGriffinGA

    Call Al Sharpt…. Oh Wait.. The victim was white, he won’t care. Instead of taking the opportunity to try to educate black America, he’ll just keep pretending that black on white violence is imaginary.

  • maclll

    I wonder if either of the three punks on that school bus were considered poor deprived children that mommy needed welfare to feed, house, get medical, dental, hearing and eye coverage including food stamps and an expensive education to boot to educate them not to act like little thugs, drug dealers and gang bangers. Guess what Al $harpton, Loiu$ Farrakhan and Je$$ie Jack$on, here are the results of tax payer dollars. Now let’s watch as the taxpayers foot the bill for their defenses in a court of law.

  • patrickdh10

    I see three yellow belly cowards who beat up and robbed a 13 year old on their way to a life of crime,gangs,drugs,in a out of jail then death in prison. What a way to live. Unfortunately how many lives are they going to ruin along the road they’re traveling. Not every school Bus Driver is courageous but a lot of them are. Standing tall in that department is Bus Driver Charles Poland Jr. A true American hero. No telling how many children he saved that day.

  • frigginpeachy

    I completely agree with you.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/ Athena

    WTF. Have you been talking to 18th40?

  • RoxBerry
  • Texas Ranger

    WTF what? Talk to him bout what? I dont even think Ive seen him here in awhile.

  • Abroad

    Yes, Mr Charles Poland Jr was a hero, but his opponent was another elderly man with a gun, who was threatening everybody on the bus. Mr Moody was faced with three young thugs who were clearly after one person only. Not saying he couldn’t have acted differently, but not sure the outcome would have been different. At least there has been no funeral over this case so far.

  • JGo555

    Fucking lil’ punks. They need to grow up and realize NO ONE is REALLY watching your back. Have fun thinking that cause once you get to jail, NO ONE is going to protect you for the shits & giggles of it.

  • Confidential Name

    Should have left this breed in the jungle.

  • 18th40

    You know I wondered why my ears were ringing.

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com/forums/ Dakota Valkyrie

    All three 15-year-olds sentenced to “indefinite probation” with many conditions.
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/teens-in-gulfport-bus-beating-case-plead-guilty/2138979

  • Moses Masingila

    Damn monkeys.

  • Scrappy

    Are you freaking kidding me? If this were my kid I’d move to another state. This is outrageous.

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