The 17-year-old victim was one of just a few white students on the crowded bus about 8 a.m. Monday. A surveillance video from a camera mounted inside the bus shows the victim trying to sit down in one of the few available seats and being choked and punched by a student who tried to stop him from sharing the seat.
"He sat down. It all erupted," Moats said.
D'Vante said the problem appeared to be that the seated student's book bag was knocked to the floor when the victim sat down.
"When the kid threw his book bag down, all the other kids said 'Boo,'" D'Vante said. "He didn't want to look like a punk because he was disrespected, so he hit him. But the first kid that hit him, I think he felt sorry for him. When the second kid hit him, he started bleeding, so then the first kid got some tissue for him. The second hit him to prove that he was tough or something."
"We believe the public has a right to assess these things, see them and enter into dialogue," Clay said Wednesday. "I thought it was something we should entrust to the public. I believe the public as a whole has a right to view these kinds of things, to assess those, to talk to their children."
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