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Cop shop bus driver a hero

THE bus driver who delivered his cargo of unruly kids into the hands of Yamanto police has been praised by frustrated members of the Ipswich community and beyond.

As reported in yesterday's Queensland Times and followed by national media, when some St Edmund's College students got out of control on the bus ride home, Westside bus driver Graham King took matters into his own hands.

“They started chucking something around, it caught me back in the head so I stopped,” Mr King told television reporters yesterday.

“I had had enough but the ones I feel sorry for are the ones that were not involved.”

Ipswich Inspector Kevin Keillor said Mr King was very upset when he arrived at the station but he had done the right thing because as the driver, he was responsible for the school children and wearing seatbelts was the law.

“Students have to be secured,” Inspector Keillor said.

He said Mr King made the right decision bringing the kids to the safe environment of the Yamanto station.

“He has done that and that is brilliant,” he said.

St Edmund's College principal Brendan Lawler said he had been in contact with the bus company and the police to discuss the incident and how they would avoid a similar incident in the future.

He said the students who had acted-up would be disciplined.

“We are committed to making sure our boys behave in a respectful manner,” Mr Lawler said.


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