ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Russell Dixon's eyes are puffy from crying and worry. In an exclusive interview with ABC Action News, he said just thinking about what happened to his son makes him sick.
"I just get a knot in my stomach and I start crying, I can't help it," said Dixon.
That's why he can't bring himself to watch the video, that horrified people throughout the country.
"Its just too much for me to watch it, it would upset me too much. It would keep me up at night," said Dixon.
In the video, his son is helplessly trying to defend himself from a flurry of punches and kicks.
Gulfport Police said the three 15-year-olds captured on video, broke his son's arm and left him covered in bruises.
"When he called and told me, I could tell something was wrong. he said, 'they broke my arm dad, they broke my arm,'" recalled Dixon, crying again.
"He's resilient, but you could tell something's wrong with him emotionally and I don't know what to say or do about that you know?"
One thing he does know.
"I feel he did the right thing, I really do," said Dixon.
Police said the the 13-year-old went to to teachers, after the older boys tried to sell him Marijuana at Lealman Intermediate School. Dixon questions the actions of school officials after his son went to them for help.
"It was such a bad move on their part, it's so obvious you could have done a million other things than put them together like that it is dumb," said Dixon.
"I don't want to call a teacher dumb, but that was not smart at all."
He also feels the bus driver was put in a bad situation.
"I could sympathize with the bus driver," said Dixon. "I don't know what he could have done. Those 15-year-old's seemed like big boys."
Earlier this month, that bus driver John Moody, also told ABC Action News the blames the school. In response to Moody and to Dixon's accusations, the school's response remains the same.
The following was said by Spokesperson Melanie Marquez Parra:
"The incident from July 9 is unacceptable and extremely upsetting. The Pinellas County School district strives to create safe environments for students, and the district does not tolerate violent behavior at schools or on school buses. In regards to the comments you told me about, every student disciplinary matter is different and the actions a school will take depends on the circumstances of each situation. The district is reviewing the incident to see if there are any areas that can be improved upon."
The teens are expected back in court next week, where two are expected to get probation, a third faces additional charges for allegedly stealing from Dixon's son. But Dixon wonders if this punishment is enough.
"I don't know what probation is to a minor is that in by nine? Do you eat all your vegetables no Spongebob? I mean, I don't know what that entails, it doesn't sound too severe or it doesn't sound like a punishment," said Dixon.
"I hope they are not in that school anymore, I would think, you know, they should go to different schools."
The school district said it can not comment on the disciplinary actions of students. But said that what happened on the bus is grounds for expulsion.
The teens are expected back in court on August 27.
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