Todd Starnes

The video is chilling.

It shows three black teenagers savagely assaulting a white child on board a school bus and not one person tried to physically intervene.

The video was filmed last month on a school bus in Gulfport, Fla. It shows the teenagers throwing dozens of punches, kicking and stomping the 13-year-old as he screamed for help.

The school bus driver can be heard frantically calling a radio dispatcher for assistance.

“No, you’ve got to send somebody here quick, quick, quick,” driver John Moody said. “They about to beat this boy to death over here.”

And yet, the driver did not intervene.

The child tried to escape his attackers by trying to crawl under a seat – but the kicking and stomping continued. One of the thugs took the child’s money. The victim suffered two black eyes and a broken arm.

Police said the teenagers attacked the boy after he told school officials at their dropout prevention school that one of them had tried to sell him drugs.

Oddly, the nation’s most prominent race hustlers have gone silent. There’s been nary a peep from the “Reverend” Al Sharpton. There’s not been so much as a rhyme from the “Reverend” Jesse Jackson.

No one has called for boycotts of Disney World or orange juice. There have been no marches, no picket signs. Not one person has called the town of Gulfport an “Apartheid State.”

The bus driver has come under fire for refusing to physically intervene in the altercation. His lawyer is asking Pinellas school officials to publicly back his client for following district policies and not breaking up the beat down.

“I want them to publicly state that we support our driver because he followed the policy,” attorney Frank McDermott told the Tampa Bay Times.

Moody told the newspaper he’d never seen a fight in his 18-year career.

“I would have had to go in there, be physical and pull the kids apart, risking the other kids’ safety, my safety,” he told the newspaper. “It was just something that couldn’t be done.”

So he simply followed district policy and watched as a child was beaten senseless.

“I probably would have been arrested for pulling kids, and who knows, they might have turned around and started punching me,” he said.

We know, it’s district policy.

Gulfport police sent the case to prosecutors to determine if Moody might face charges related to negligence. But prosecutors decided not to charge the bus driver.

In Pinellas County it’s not against the law to be a coward.

A spokesperson for the school district told me they take “student safety very seriously.”


Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes is the host of Fox News & Commentary – heard daily on 250+ radio stations. He’s also the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” To check out all of his work you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @toddstarnes. In his spare time, Todd is active in his church, plays golf, follows SEC football, and eats barbecue. He lives in New York City.


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