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Troubles mount for Pinellas school bus driver

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The bus driver at the wheel during last week's beating, John Moody, retired from the Pinellas School District, effective today.

YouTube video, taken by a student at the back of the bus, shows three teens pummeling another student with closed fists. The attack lasts at least one minute while the bus was stationary at a bus stop, and takes place just a few rows behind the driver's seat.

The boys were all students at Lealman Intermediate School.

Police arrested three teens, Lloyd Khemradj, Julian McKnight, and Joshua Reddin, for felony aggravated battery.

7/11/2013 Related Story: 3 teens charged in Pinellas school bus beating

Now Chief Robert Vincent, Gulfport Police plans to meet with the prosecutor at the State Attorney's office to review evidence to determine whether the bus driver should face charges. "I could understand his not physically intervening, I mean these are some big rough boys, 15-year olds, but when they left, they fled through the emergency exit. There's pretty good amount of time where they're gone and he still makes no effort to check on the welfare of this child who had just been beaten," said Vincent.

The Pinellas Driver's handbook states , after calling to inform dispatch, " If there is a physical confrontation between two or more students, drivers may take all reasonable measures necessary to separate the students involved in the confrontation to preserve safety and prevent injury."

But a district spokesperson says a bus driver is only required to radio dispatch. "The driver in this instance did just that. They can step in if they deem it safe, and to try to prevent future physical altercation, but they not required to do that," said Lisa Wolf, Pinellas School District spokesperson.

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