School bus stabbing victim talks about his recovery
By: Crystal Britt
HOLLAND, Mo. - May 2, 2007 - it was a Wednesday morning like any other. Eighth grader John Moore boarded the South Pemiscot school bus outside his home in Holland. John says immediately a boy his age called him to the back. "I turned around to go sit back down, that's when it started," said John.
He says he felt something pierce his back. The bus driver pulled off at the Car-Mac's service station less than a mile from John's home. In that short distance, he was stabbed 20 times. "After the first seven stabs, everything went numb," said John.
A surveillance camera at the gas station caught the aftermath on tape. The owner used a gun to force the suspect to surrender. Moments later, John's family got the news. "I just lost it, I didn't know what else to do," said Angela Bolan, John's mother.
John was rushed to a local hospital, then airlifted to Memphis. His most serious injuries included a punctured lung and a damaged intestine. "Two to three days later, I woke up," said John.
Soon after, he was released. He says for the most part the pain is gone, but you can still see the horror he experienced. He has stab wounds from his hands, to his arms, to his legs, to his stomach. "I'm lucky to be alive," said John.
So, as his 20 wounds turn to scars, John will have permanent reminders of what he considers his second chance at life. "God had a watch on me that day because God has plans for me. If it was my time to go, I would have went that day," said John.