School bus stabbing victim talks about his recovery

John Moore
John Moore
John Moore
John Moore

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's six-year-old sister Holly was also on board and saw the whole thing.  "She has nightmares," said Bolan. 

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.

He says the doctors told him how close he came to death. John is now spending the summer at his grandparents home in Marion, Arkansas.
He has some school work to make up, but says, "I don't ever want to go back to public school."
His family is considering home schooling.  "I can remember my mom telling us, it's not going to kill you to go to school, I remember telling him that...never again," said Bolan. 

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.

Because of mounting medical expenses, John's family can't even afford to keep the lights on at home.  If you'd like to help, you can send donations to the 1st State Community Bank in Carruthersville, Missouri.
The suspect, 14-year-old Raymond Allen Johnson, will be tried as an adult.  He is charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action, and unlawful use of a weapon.  He remains behind bars in Pemiscot County on a $250,000 bond.