August 5th, 2013
04:33 AM ET

Horrific Florida school bus beating

The windmilling fists and stomping feet rain down blows on the 13-year-old boy.

Trapped on the floor between the bus seats, he cries out as he receives fierce punch after vicious kick from the three bigger, older youths.

As the relentless assault unfolds, the driver of the Florida school bus alerts the dispatcher, pleading for aid.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Those who condemn the bus driver for being unable to stop this violence are in denial of the fact that "children" today, even when unarmed, are extremely different from children of the 1950s.

    August 5, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Very true @ Joey, and those same people would be singing a very different tune if that bus driver would have laid one hand on any of those boys. A case of damned if you do and damned if you dont.

    August 5, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JV

      No one would have faulted that bus driver for intervening in that kind of brutality. Only liberals think like that. Let me guess.....

      August 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cold splash of reality

    That's it? That's the whole story? You forgot the part where this occurred 9 July, during the Zimmerman trial, and the three attackers were b l a c k and the victim – pummeled face and broken arm – was caucasion. This story was suppressed because it didn't fit the lib narrative. In Seminole County we're pretending everyone is equal and profiling is bad, and in Pinellas reality is happening. Too bad this victim wasn't armed. And the driver didn't intervene... sue the school. BTW, where's obama, sharpton, Jackson, and the naacp?

    August 5, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Stewart

      Thank you for your comment @cold splash of reality.

      August 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Interesting that CNN "forgot" the full story link on this one. I had to search it. Here it is:

      August 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mera

      Wow. That is interesting detail. I would like to say I am shocked the story is just now being released (without ALL detail) but based on the last five years...not surprised.

      August 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon La

      This how the media reports events that are in there interest. My question is why
      is it not racist when 3 blacks attack, break the arm and rob a white person?

      August 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cathy Parris

    The bus driver is not at fault. he would have been sued and probably fired if he laid a hand on any kid. Where are the parents? Who is raising these bullies? They need severe consequences – and I hope they get it. They should not be allowed back in public school. Our kids need to be safe from such people who think they had a right to beat this kid. I would love their reaction if each one was confronted, individually, by 3-5 bigger older and stronger kids! They would cry like babies... That is bullies for you. IS school educating about bullies? And the consequences are?

    August 5, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ellen

      @Cathy, completely agree and that is the problem: Kids on the bus route have to get on the same bus as these subhuman violent animals, with ZERO protection. The driver won't lift a finger to help. Remember, that's why Trayvon Martin was in Seminole County: He was thrown out of his Dade County school for drugs and violence. Hold them responsible and throw them out? Just more welfare recipients dragging society down.

      August 5, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    I would like to add though, knowing myself as i do, i would've most likely jumped in and between those brats and that poor boy and take the blows until help arrived! Thats just the mom in me though.

    August 5, 2013 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. jerry

    rules the decision making come before doing what is right by stopping the beating. Not that I am condoning any violence of any kind. But when you are talking about kids that feel their back is against the wall with bullies they fight back. I find this to be truly a sad event an am disgusted with the panel sitting there talking about who could sue and be sued. witch is the cause of the laws, policies that let this boy get beaten.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ellen

    Did the morally right thing, or legally right? A child you accept onto your bus is being beaten over a period of time and you, the adult entrusted with their care, lift not a finger to prevent injury to the child? Would you watch ten minutes until he had brain damage, or fifteen minutes until he was dead? You are morally depraved, but you're in good company. Most are like you. Florida is not even a civilized society. I support the Stand Your Ground law and hope more good people slay their aggressors.

    August 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mama Mitzi

      Absolutely right. If this retired teacher had been there, I would have stepped in, screaming like a banshee. When children are in your care, it is your DUTY to protect them.

      August 6, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • dawn

      Did you see a picture of the black bus driver? He called for help, he probably would have been beaten
      if he tried to stop it. These kids were out of control and so he either was afraid for his life, or he's racist...
      Based on how he looks I'm hoping it was fear which made him not get involved.

      August 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    If teachers and bus drivers should be trained to carry a concealed weapon he wouldn't have been scared ... Where is Jessie Jackson an Al Sharpton

    August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stewart

    I agree with Ellen. Stand your ground. Put these punks under ground. As an adult, you should do everything in your power to protect a child. Society would have lifted this driver up on their shoulders had he acted and stopped the beating. Our legal system is truly F'ed.

    August 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    The kid got beaten after telling school officials that one of the older kids was dealing d-r-u-g-s. The school should be sued for not protecting his anonymity.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    The bus driver was 64. If he was anything like the bus drivers I knew growing up, he couldn't have done much.

    And this seems to have nothing to do with the Zimmerman/ Martin case, if you read the more detailed accounts.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    August 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    i tend to agree with@JI-F & @ Bombo.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    This incident should prompt school districts everywhere to come up with solutions. Perhaps code of conduct for drivers and appropriate training to act under such circumstances would be a beginning ?
    Bullying itself is a menace that has to be dealt with.It got a lot of public attention some time back.

    August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    further comments blocked

    August 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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