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School Bus Fight: Where's the Civil Rights Outcry from Sharpton, Jackson?

By    |   Friday, 09 Aug 2013 10:37 AM

Where is the outrage from celebrities and civil rights leaders over the three back youths who severely beat a white student on a Florida school bus to the point that his arm has been broken and he has been left with two black eyes?

This is the question critics are raising, who suggest Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and civil rights leaders are hypocrites for staying silent on the beating after they, along with a myriad of Hollywood celebrities, condemned George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin and called it  racially motivated.

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Florida Republican Congressman Allen West, an African-American and prominent conservative who is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, is among those calling out Sharpton and Jackson.

"Three 15-yr-old black teens beat up a 13-yr-old white kid because he told school officials they tried to sell him drugs," West wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. "Do you hear anything from Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, liberal media, or Hollywood? Cat got your tongues or is it that pathetic hypocrisy revealing itself once again? Y'all just make me sick."

West’s Facebook post received more than 38,000 likes and nearly 20,000 shares as of Friday morning.

In March 2012, West also called the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin an outrage and has thrown his weight behind the Justice Department’s investigation into the matter.

On Wednesday, George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., who has been a steadfast supporter of his brother, also weighed in on the discussion.


Attempts by Fox News to reach Sharpton and Jackson for a comment have not been successful.

The school bus attack occurred in the St. Petersburg-area community of Gulfport on July 9, but a cell phone video of the brutal assault surfaced recently.

In the video, three 15-year-old black teens, Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Lloyd Khemradj, assail the 13-year-old boy. Though the victim is out of sight for most of the video, he is heard screaming during the beating.

According to local police, the 13-year-old was attacked because the 15-year-old boys tried to sell him marijuana and he refused, he told school officials. Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent told Fox News that the attack did not appear to be racially motivated.

The 15-year-olds were arrested and charged with aggravated battery and have since been released, Fox News reported.

Reddin was additionally charged with unarmed robbery for allegedly stealing money from the victim.

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John Moody, the 64-year-old bus driver who was there during the attack, did not attempt to physically halt the beating, though he is heard in the video yelling at the attackers to stop.

Police criticized Moody for his lack of intervention at the time, though they have no intention of charging him. He told reporters that he did not intervene because he feared for his own safety.

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