Lealman Intermediate School bus fight video: Driver criticized after school bus fight
Peter Bernard, WFLA, CNN
6:20 AM, Aug 5, 2013
4:56 PM, Aug 5, 2013
Feeling helpless to intervene, Pinellas County school bus driver John Moody pleaded for somebody to stop a three on one beat down of another student.
He radioed for help.
Gulfport Police say three 15-year-olds attacked a 13-year-old after the younger teen told Lealman Intermediate School officials about their offer to sell him pot.
Two-and-a-half weeks after the beating... Moody is in retirement.
He talked about being unable to do anything to stop the violence. "The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him and I did all can," he said. "I was looking. It was like I was in shock. I was petrified."
In the days after the attack Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent said Moody should have assisted the wounded 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."
But constrained by district policy and not trained in the medical field, Moody insists he did what he could. He says he's ready to move on and enjoy retirement with his two grown sons
His attorney Frank McDermott thinks the Gulfport Police Department owes his client an apology. "I think of he had touched these children he would have put more people in danger. He would have had to rip them off this young man, throwing these violent children into other children."
Moody still wonders, what if? "I wanted to help him so bad."
Eighteen years of driving without a problem.... Moody doesn't want people to judge him by what happened on his last day on the job.