​School Bus Fight Among 3 Teens, 1 Driver​​

By: | 08/06/2021 02:01 PM ET

A school bus driver is facing a child neglect charge for not stopping a fight between three 15-year-old boys. Each student faces aggravated battery charges in a brutal attack that took place on the bus, leaving one 13-year-old with a broken arm.

School Bus Fight

John Moody, 64, was driving the students from Lealman Intermediate for summer classes on July 9 when the brawl broke out.

Gulfport police arrested three 15-year-old boys, who each face aggravated battery charges. One teen is also charged with taking cash from the younger boy. Police say the boy was kicked and stomped about 23 times.

Authorities initially sought a child neglect charge against the driver. He stopped the bus and called for help. But the teens were gone when police arrived.
Moody’s attorney, Frank McDermott, told The Tampa Bay Times thaat his client stopped the bus and radioed for help, per school district policy. He said a charge of child neglect never should have been considered.

“It was preposterous,” McDermott said. “I don’t think law enforcement should ever tell citizens to intervene in a violent attack. John did what he was trained to do.”

Moody told CNN that he radioed a dispatcher for help: “You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick,” he says. “They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.”
“Please get somebody here quick. There’s still doing it,” he adds. “There’s nothing I can do.”

The victim told police he had reported the teens to school officials earlier that day after they tried to sell him drugs.