I'm sure we've all been in a situation where a young kid wouldn't stop asking us questions and we just wanted to get away. Well, one man in South Carolina appears to have learned that lesson the hard way.
Earlier this month in Columbia, South Carolina a man hijacked a school bus filled with children and tried to get the driver to take him home to the next town over. The man was an army trainee and was wielding a rifle when he hopped on the bus and began to threaten the driver. But, according to the heroic bus driver Kenneth Corbin, the hijacker became frustrated and gave up his attempt when the kids on the bus would not stop asking him questions.
You can watch the full story and interview with the bus driver in this clip from Good Morning America:
According to Corbin, the hijacker, identified by police as 23-year-old Jovan Collazo, just could not handle the incessant questions coming from the students on the bus – especially the kindergarteners who were all kinds of confused.
Corbin recounted the story, saying that when Collazo realized the number of children on the bus he instructed them all to come to the front, presumably so he could keep an eye on them. The kidnapper had no idea what was about to hit him.
The kids asked him questions such as "Are you a soldier?", "Why are you doing this?", "Are you going to hurt us?", and "Are you going to hurt the bus driver?"
Finally, Collazo said "No, I'm going to put you off the bus!" Corbin said he could tell that the obviously disturbed man thought they would keep asking questions and he couldn't take it anymore. So at that point he told the driver to stop and he let all the kids and the driver go, absconding with the bus well short of his initial objective location.
The school bus driver was cool under pressure, but he gives credit to the kids for making sure this story has a happy ending.
Corbin said "it was so evident that they were precious cargo and I pretty much just had to just do whatever – to get them off the bus safe and sound."
"It seemed like they were going to do the same thing by me, and that's why I refer to them as my heroes," the bus driver said.
According to the GMA story:
Police believe Jovan Collazo, the 23-year-old trainee from New Jersey in his third week at Fort Jackson, appeared to be trying to get home. He remains in custody facing two dozen charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping.
It just goes to show you, even the toughest, meanest guy out there is no match for a group of 20 elementary school students.