Another student on the bus shot cell phone video of the three teens as the beating took place, and later posted it online. This is a still image from the recording.
GULFPORT, Florida (AP) - Three teens who brutally beat a 13-year-old student on a school bus in Gulfport have been sentenced to probation and community service.
A Pinellas County judge sentenced the three teens Thursday after they pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. One teen also pleaded guilty to a robbery charge.
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On July 9, authorities say the victim was attending summer school at Lealman Intermediate School when two of the teens tried to sell him marijuana. He said no and told a teacher.
Later that day on the bus, detectives say the two teens from earlier, plus a third boy, kicked and stomped the victim about 23 times. One of the attackers took $5 from the boy.
The beating was captured by a surveillance camera on the bus. The bus driver radioed for help, and the attackers were arrested a short time later.