. . . Within the harrowing account of a U.S. Army trainee going AWOL from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and hijacking a school bus full of children as young as kindergartners is the heroic bus driver’s recollection that his 18 young passengers played a very big role in everyone coming through the ordeal safely.
The driver, Kenneth Corbin, sat down for an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday and explained how the May 6 incident all went down.
“The kids were the ones that actually got the gentleman off of the bus, and they pretty much had my back as much as my concerns were with them,” Corbin told “GMA.” “And at the end when they started questioning him, it seemed to have frustrated him because his main objective [was] to get to the next town; but in the end I think we were only on the road about four miles, and he just got frustrated with the questions and just told me to stop the bus and just get off: ‘All y’all get off.'”
The program noted that Jovan Collazo, 23, appeared to be trying to get home, according to police, and remains in custody facing two dozen charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping.
Corbin had just gone through training on how to handle a hostage situation and tried to no avail to dissuade Collazo from entering — but Corbin told “GMA” the hijacker pointed his government-issued rifle at him and ordered him to “close the door and move and drive.” (Read more from “Children on Hijacked School Bus Annoyed Armed Intruder so Much He Let Them All Go” HERE)
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