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Local administrator responds to school bus safety

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 8/08/2013 8:35 pm
AMORY, Miss. (WTVA)-- People across the country are talking about a disturbing surveillance video showing three boys attacking another student on a school bus.

The video has raised questions about school bus safety because the driver of the bus did not physically intervene to stop the beating.

However, the video does show the driver did call for help.

The school bus driver gave this statement to a local affiliate news station:

"The three boys just jumped on him and started pounding on him. And, I did all I can. I was looking and was shocked. I was petrified," said John Moody.

Local police said Moody should have done more, but the driver says he was following district policy.

WTVA showed two Amory residents the video. 

"This is terrible. But, it's all the schools that now need some kind of system to protect from this," replied Billy Ellsworth. 

"I think each individual situation where you encounter a fight like this is different," he added.

Scott Cantrell, Monroe County Superintendent of Schools, says the bus driver in Florida was facing a situation that was tough to handle by himself because he is reportedly in his 60's.

"Him being an older gentleman I understand and didn't know that he could really help the situation by intervening physically there," Cantrell said. 

If there is a fight on a school bus in Monroe County, Cantrell says the bus drivers have a right to break up the fight.

"We don't have a policy in Monroe County that says that we don't allow you to physically break up a fight. But, of course, we don't want to put other kids in danger. We don't want to put bus drivers in danger either," he explained.

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