Gulfport police say no one intervened in a student beating on the school bus

10:52 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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Gulfport, Florida - Three Pinellas students are charged with aggravated battery for beating another student on the school bus and police say no one on the bus helped stop the fight.

"Bruises, lacerations to the face arm, fractured arm," describes Sgt. Thomas Woodman.

These are the injuries Gulfport police say a 13-year-old Lealman Intermediate School student suffered on the school bus ride home Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the three suspects say the beating was a retaliation. The victim reported to school officials earlier that day that two of the three suspects allegedly tried selling him marijuana in the school bathroom.

"It's absolutely appalling," says Woodman.

Police say the school bus video shows the beating lasted about a minute. Woodman says, "He tried to protect himself, put up his arms and legs. The three suspects in this case continually beat, stomped on him, kicked him. Ultimately, he climbed under the seat of the bus just to get away from the three suspects."

Gulfport police say when the fight began, the school bus driver pulled over along 51st and 50 Avenue South and radioed dispatch for assistance, but that's all. Police say no one -- not even the bus driver -- tried stepping in to stop the beating.

Woodman says, "He's the adult, the caretaker. You expect him to intervene at some point, assist the young child. His failure and actions to do so will be investigated."

Khemradj Lloyd's family would not go on camera, but say he's never been in trouble with the law before this. Joshua McKnight's family would not talk either, but one neighbor says a lot of people are often seen going in and out of the house.

All three teens are charged with aggravated battery, but Joshua Reddin also faces a robbery charge for stealing $5 from the victim after the beating.

10 News asked district officials why the school would allow the victim to board the same bus as the two students he just told on. Pinellas school district officials say they are investigating. 

In a statement released by school district spokesperson Melanie Marquez Para, she says "If there is an indication of a threat to student safety the school has processes in place to address it. At this time there is no indication that the school did not follow proper procedures."

10 News requested the school bus video, but since this is an open investigation, police refused.

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