JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Six students videotaped by a school bus surveillance camera as they beat another student were arrested Wednesday on charges of misdemeanor battery.
The video, shown nationally by television news, showed 14- and 15-year-old students punching a 12-year-old boy for about 30 seconds as he cowered in his bus seat. He was not seriously injured in the Feb. 4 incident.
"We have arrested the individuals responsible for the attack on this innocent young man," State Attorney Harry Shorstein said.
The names of the victim and those arrested will not be released since they are juveniles and the cases will be prosecuted in juvenile court. One more juvenile is still being sought.
Penalties for the first-degree misdemeanor range from probation to 120 days in a juvenile detention facility, Shorstein said.
"The actions of these juveniles endangered the other students on the bus, the driver and those on the street," Shorstein said.