No charges filed against bus driver in teen fight


Published: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

GULFPORT, Fla. — A Pinellas County school bus driver won't face charges for a fight that left a 13-year-old with a broken arm.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 64-year-old John Moody was driving the bus from Lealman Intermediate School summer classes on July 9 when the fight 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.

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

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