On Monday, former Congressman Allen West continued to demand answers about a video of three African-American teenagers beating a 13-year-old white boy on a Pinellas County school bus which has gone viral.
Last week, West, a favorite of the tea party movement and conservatives, demanded to know why entertainers and civil rights leaders -- the same voices outraged over the George Zimmerman verdict in Sanford last month -- have been silent on this case. With Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent insisting the attack was not racially motivated, West is turning to other questions raised by the incident.
Back on July 9, the three assailants, all of whom are 15, attacked the victim who reported to school authorities that one of them tried to sell him drugs. During the attack, caught on video, the victim suffered two black eyes and a broken arm. The incident took place in Gulfport.
I continue to hear silence on the case of the three black teenagers who viciously attacked the younger white teen on the school bus in Gulfport, Fla., West posted on Facebook on Monday afternoon. What amazes me is no one is analyzing the lack of adult responsibility."
West had questions about how adults handled the matter both at the school and in the bus itself. While bus driver John Moody reported the incident, he did not attempt to intervene and has gone on national airwaves to defend himself. Moody, who is 64, retired after his handling of the situation was criticized and questioned.
Who leaked the information provided in confidence by the victim about the black teens selling drugs? West demanded on Monday. Who allowed those same individuals to board the bus, which was not theirs?
Somewhere in all of this was a breakdown of school administrative responsibility to protect this young man who was doing what was right, West continued. Can you imagine anyone else at that school ever reporting wrongdoing and criminal activity?"
The three accused attackers -- Joshua Reddin, Julian McKnight, and Lloyd Khemradj -- fled the bus after Moody stopped the vehicle. They were captured by police and charged with aggravated battery. Reddin also faces charges of unarmed robbery.
Civil rights leaders and entertainers from across the nation have been critical of a jury recently finding George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin and attacking Florida for the Stand Your Ground law. Singer Stevie Wonder has said he will not play concerts in Florida unless Stand Your Ground is repealed. Slamming Florida as an apartheid state, Jesse Jackson has called for a boycott of Florida, though he didn't resist the opportunity to appear in Tallahassee to support protesters rallying against the Zimmerman decision and calling for the repeal of Stand Your Ground.
While he lost out to Democrat Patrick Murphy last year, West has remained active politically and has left the door open to a political comeback in 2016. Last week, West called out Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Wonder and others for being silent on the Gulfport incident.
Having attacked civil rights leaders before, West continued firing away at them on Monday. No one is asking, especially not the usual race-baiters, so I figured I would, West wrote.
The video of the incident can be seen here:
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