An Arizona school bus driver is under fire after he allegedly locked a group of students in his vehicle.
According to CBS News, the driver says that he locked the children in his bus because they were being unruly.
Some parents waiting at the bus stop for their children claim that the punishment went too far.
Video footage (shown below) of the incident shows many children crying and begging to be freed from the bus. Some children can be seen heading towards the front to exit the vehicle. However, the driver would not allow them to leave.
“See, your parents are getting upset,” the driver says in the video. “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.”
According to the news site, 40 children were inside of the bus.
A few of the parents themselves take action into their own hands by attempting to open the doors with their hands. One parent even kicks at the door.
Some parents, like Adam Kautman, called the police.
“He won’t let any of our kids out,” Kautman told 911. “The kids are crying. He’s screaming at us.”
The driver then began to drive away.
“He’s actually driving away with all our kids,” Kautman continued. “He’s got all our kids on the bus."
The driver drove back to the Dysart Elementary School, where he allowed them to leave.
No child was reportedly injured.
“I don’t know if he went crazy, was going to crash into something because the way he took off he was speeding,” said Kautman.
The driver was put on administrative leave, but has since resigned from the job.
For Kautman though, the actions were not enough.
“They’re responsible for the lives of all those children on the bus to get home safely,” said Kautman, “and he did the exact opposite of that."
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