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3 teens charged in Pinellas school bus beating

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Left to right: Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, Lloyd Khemradj Left to right: Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, Lloyd Khemradj
GULFPORT, FL (WFLA) -

Three students are accused of beating a younger student aboard a Pinellas County school bus.

Officials said the bus driver from Lealman Intermediate School called for help when three students "ganged up" on a 13-year-old student, kicking and punching the victim.

The driver stopped the bus near 20th Avenue South and 51st Street. Police said the suspects used the emergency exit of the bus to escape.

Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Lloyd Khemradj, all 15 years old, were arrested a short time later.

An investigation revealed one of the suspects had tried to sell drugs to the victim in a school bathroom. The victim notified officials at the school. Later that day, the suspects and victim rode the same school bus home.

Officials said the victim tried to crawl under a seat on the bus as the suspects punched and kicked the victim for roughly a minute, police said.

The victim suffered a fractured arm.  Police say Joshua Reddin also took the victim's money after the beating.

All three teens are charged with aggravated battery. Reddin is also charged with unarmed robbery.  All three have been released from police custody.

McKnight's father says the attack is not his son's normal behavior.

The bus driver is off the road while Pinellas school officials review his actions.

Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent says he can understand the driver not getting involved during the fight, but he says he has questions about how long it took for the driver to tend to the injured victim.

Lealman Intermediate is a drop-out prevention school in St. Petersburg.

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