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Bus driver accused of kidnapping but video may tell different story: ‘Run my bus a certain way’

A 68-year-old Oklahoma bus driver lost his job and faces charges for child abuse and kidnapping for refusing to let students leave with their parents until they sat and quieted down.

A Broken Arrow Public Schools spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Thomas Young was in their employ for about a year, and was fired following the Oct. 13 incident. 

The bus driver was on a new route, the district said, which may have contributed to the tense incident; the district said there had been no previous complaints about Young.

In surveillance footage provided by the district, Young can be heard attempting to reason with a bus full of middle school students, who can be heard clamoring in the background. 

But whether Young’s charges stick amid the “chaotic situation happening on that bus” is another matter, Oklahoma criminal defense attorney Tommy Adler told News Channel 8. 

“You can see him trying to reestablish control and reestablish order on that bus. I mean, just because some kid demands to get off a moving bus on a public roadway doesn’t mean that the driver has to let that child off immediately.” 

Young is currently incarcerated at Tulsa County Jail with bail set at $60,000, per online records. It is unclear whether he has retained counsel or when he is due in court.

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to christina.coulter@fox.com.

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