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Three students charged in bus attack

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GULFPORT (FOX 13) -

Three Pinellas middle school students are charged after the brutal beating of another student on a school bus.

The 64-year-old bus driver might also be charged with felony child neglect.

The three 15-year olds got away: Lloyd Khemradj, Julian McKnight and Joshua Reddin.

Police say they jumped out the back door of a school bus after the assaulting a 13-year-old student.

"One of the suspects jumped out of his seat and punched him in the side of the head. Immediately, the other two suspects jumped in, all three just pounded him with both fists, feet, they stomped and kicked," said Sgt. Thomas Woodman with the Gulfport Police Department.

No one is releasing the video yet, but we're told a school bus security camera captured the infliction of cuts and bruises and a broken arm.

It was apparent retribution after the 13-year-old told Lealman Intermediate School officials that two of the three assailants were selling pot in the school restroom.

Gulfport police say the boys allegedly selling marijuana in the bathroom were confronted as they came out of the bathroom. That suggests not a lot of time passed between getting the information and acting on the information.

Then the suspects were allowed to get on the same bus with the victim.

According to Gulfport Police, the injured student tried to crawl under a seat as he absorbed dozens of blows and at least a couple of dozen kicks or stomps.

In a brief written statement the Pinellas School system says it "cannot discuss details," but there is "no indication" proper procedures were not followed.

Law enforcers have a different opinion.

"He suffered a brutal attack because of that. And furthermore, that attack was not stopped by anybody on the bus, including that of the adult bus driver," Sgt. Woodman said.

In fact, we are told the videotape shows the driver did not even help the injured student after the suspects fled, exposing the 64-year old driver to felony child neglect charges.

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