Arizona Bus Driver Who Trapped Students On Bus Resigns

An Arizona bus driver, who trapped a group of elementary students on a bus, has resigned.

According to CBS News the driver from the Dysart Unified School District allegedly locked the kids inside of the bus because they were being too loud and misbehaving. However, the kids’ parents immediately became distraught at the fact that they couldn’t reach their children.

The whole frantic scene was caught on surveillance video, with approximately 40 children crying and begging their bus driver to let them get off of the bus. Several kids even pushed to the front of the bus in an attempt to escape. However, the driver refused to unlock the door.

“The longer we stay here, the more your parents are going to be getting upset – and not at me, they’re going to be getting upset with you,” the man can be heard saying in the video.

One father banged on the door while another attempted to pry it open. Despite their efforts, the door would not budge.

“I’m not letting anybody off until you listen to what I have to say,” the driver said.

“See, your parents are getting upset. You break that door; you’re going to be buying a new one. Your kid will get off the bus when I am done with ’em,” he continued.

The driver then took off with the children while their parents immediately called 911.

“He won’t let any of our kids out,” parent Adam Kautman told the police dispatch. “The kids are crying. He’s screaming at us.”

“He’s actually driving away with all our kids,” Kautman continued. “He’s got all our kids on the bus.”

The bus driver eventually returned the children to the Dysart Elementary School, where the police were waiting. No injuries were reported.

“I don’t know if he went crazy, was going to crash into something because the way he took off he was speeding,” Kautman said.

The man was placed on administrative leave, but later resigned, according to Yahoo News. Dysart Unified School District spokeswoman Polly Corsino confirmed the driver’s resignation on Wednesday, May 6. However, they did not release his name. An investigation is currently underway.

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