August 6th, 2013
03:12 PM ET

Should School Bus Drivers Step In to Stop a fight?

The video of a shocking school bus beating video out of Florida is now raising questions of school bus safety.

Many were enraged the driver didn't step in and stop it. But neither he nor many other school bus drivers across the nation are required to do so.

“This disturbing cell phone video, showing three teens brutally beating a 13-year-old boy in Pinellas, Florida, is just the latest example of bullying on board school buses,” CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.

The driver behind the wheel in this case was 64-year-old John Moody, who looked on in horror, and radioed for help.

No nationwide policy exists on how to deal with school bus violence. Every school district has its own.

“Pinellas County school policy gives drivers the choice of whether they should physically intervene,” Brown reports.

Ken Trump, President of the National School Safety & Security Services, says, “The driver has to take the totality of the circumstances into consideration.”

According to Trump, the driver must consider whether he puts other children at risk by leaving the front of the bus.

"The school bus is an extension of the school and the same discipline applies,” Trump says.

“I think that the kids believe it's harder to get caught. And when they do do something, it's harder for one adult to intervene."

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  1. Dale Leist

    I'm sick of seeing stories like this. I don't blame Mr. Moody for not getting more involved than he did! I'm 63 years old, and I would not do it either. The kids today are "off the hook"! No respect for life or each other. Parents: CONTROL YOUR KIDS!! BEFORE THEY CONTROL YOU! (And maybe even beat YOU some day!)

    August 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  2. Matt

    The bus driver DEFINITELY should have done something, even if it meant getting injured himself. He is charged with the care of every student on that bus. Regardless of what the county school systems allows or doesn't allow, he should have protected this boy! Many people have commented saying, "He's not a cop", "Its not his job", "He was scared for his own safety", and to that I say, "SO WHAT!" You should ask yourself this question: if you saw three 15 year old boys beating a single, younger boy on the street, would you stand there and watch?? I surely hope that if that ever happens to one of my children, the people that witness it will be the type of people that will risk their own life to help him or her. I can promise you this, if it's your child and I'm the one witnessing it, I'll definitely risk mine to help yours!!

    August 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Dale Leist

      He is "charged" with operating a bus, not getting stabbed, shot, or beat up! Just as teachers are "charged" with educating, not parenting! Parenting should happen at home so that kids know that there will be consequences for the kind of behavior demonstrated on that Florida schoolbus!

      August 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply

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