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Bus Driver Takes Rowdy Students Straight To Police Department

Posted October 19, 2000

— A Johnston County school bus driver is back on the job Friday after a near riot on her bus.

Linda Massengill has been driving a school bus for 12 years. This week, something happened on her bus for the first time.

"I had never lost control of a bus, and I really thought, 'Lady, you lost it this time. You have no control,'" she says.

Massengill says students at South Johnston High School were picking on one girl on the bus, and then the students started to threaten her. She drove straight to the Benson Police Department.

"I wasn't as scared for myself as much as I was for the kids on the bus," she says.

When Capt. Kenneth Edwards got onto the bus, he says the students started yelling profanities, and Massengill was almost in tears. He arrested seven students for disorderly conduct, four of the students are being charged as adults.

Edward Croom, principal at the school, says he supports Massengill's actions.

"We treat it as if it were a classroom," he says. "If it happens on a bus, it's just like as if it happened on a classroom."

All of the students have been suspended from school, some have been suspended from riding the bus for the rest of the year. Massengill says this is not the first time the students have been removed from the bus. Earlier this year, two students were removed from her bus.

Massengill says she plans to continue to drive the school bus.

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