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Father of School Bus Hijacking Suspect Speaks Out

The family of the hijacking suspect says Nicholas Miller needed mental help after battling a drug addiction.
Line of police cars behind bus in Cabot. Photo courtesy @Kelsey_Shae22 via Twitter.
Line of police cars behind bus in Cabot. Photo courtesy @Kelsey_Shae22 via Twitter.
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- Some of the students who rode that hijacked bus in Jacksonville on Thursday tried it again Friday morning with their school principal on board.

Pinewood Elementary Principal Melanie Churchill said she chose to be present to show students and parents everything was OK.

"I wanted to be there," Churchill said.  "They had a familiar face to reassure them to make sure they were comfortable."

Meanwhile, the family of the hijacking suspect says Nicholas Miller needed mental help after battling a drug addiction. 

John Miller, his father, says his son called him before the bus episode saying he feared for his life and needed to get away.

Miller went to pick up his son and tried to calm him down.

"I told him to watch TV, get all this stuff off your mind," John Miller said.  "He was scared. "
   
Miller thought Nicholas left for his grandmother's, but he soon learned his son was at the center of a police pursuit.

"For the parents whose kids were on that bus, God bless you," he said. "I hope they weren't too traumatized."

But the Millers are traumatized.

Just last week, they tried to get mental help for Nicholas.

"If you think your kids are on drugs, pay attention," he said. "Don't get mad. I got mad at Nick.  I wish I had caught him. "

The school district has counselors on standby for the students who may need them.

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