Nine months of probation is the recommendation for two of three teenagers accused in a brutal beating aboard a Gulfport school bus.
The teens made an appearance Tuesday morning in their hearing in Pinellas County, but no final decision has been made on their future.
A judge has set another court appearance for Aug. 27.
Following the release of video from the bus, the case has garnered national attention, with people outraged over the teens' actions – as well as the lack thereof from people aboard the bus.
It's only been a month since the attack.
You can see the three 15-year-old boys brutally attack a 13-year-old, hitting and kicking him over and over again.
Gulfport police tell us the boys were mad because the 13-year-old had told school officials at Lealman Intermediate School that two of the three were selling drugs in a school restroom.
Police say the teens decided to get retribution by jumping him on the bus.
The boy ended up with a broken arm after the beating. The boys hopped off the bus via the emergency exit.
While police have charged the teens, they also question the decision to let them all travel on the same bus after the drug sales were reported, and many have questioned the actions of the bus driver, who did not step in to help.
"He suffered a brutal attack because of that," Thomas Woodman of the Gulfport Police Department told FOX 13. "And furthermore, that attack was not stopped by anybody on the bus, including that of the adult bus driver."
Probation was recommended for Khemradj Lloyd and Julian McKnight on Tuesday, while a decision is waiting to be made on Joshua Reddin, who also faces charges for stealing money from the victim.
The family of the teens declined to comment. However, McKnight's father did speak briefly to a FOX News reporter as he walked into the courthouse.
"My son has never been a bad person,
he just got mixed up with bad people," McKnight's father said.
On the security video, you can hear bus driver John Moody get on the bus radio and call for help, but there are still questions about how long he took to help the victim.
The 17-year veteran bus driver retired a few days after the fight.
That part of the investigation continues.
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