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Bus Driver has "Meltdown" on Highway, Forcing Kids Off Bus

A school bus driver abandons a bus full of children leaving twenty to thirty children to make their way home on the side of a busy highway.
According to the Conway County Sheriff's Office this was the driver of the bus and faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of minors.
According to the Conway County Sheriff's Office this was the driver of the bus and faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of minors.
MORRILTON, AR -- What law enforcement said was a meltdown led to a bus driver in jail and a school district apologizing to parents and students.

One mom explained what she saw at the intersection of HWY 9 and Pinter Lane in Conway County on Thursday afternoon.

"The bus driver had started yelling, got off the bus and said, 'I quit,'" Betty Lindsey said. "Kids jumping off the back of the bus. Kids going cross [HWY] 9 both directions, log trucks coming through. Just utter chaos through here."

A student told this mother that their South Conway County School District driver started yelling, "Got off the bus, and yelled. "I quit." She says he continued to walk away from the bus.

Another bus driver happened to be nearby and came to pick up the kids. Meanwhile, local law enforcement picked up the driver.

"We got them delivered home safely and that's the most important thing," said District Superintendent Shawn Halbrook. "That's still a very unfortunate accident/incident that happened. [It's] something that we're not proud of but also something that we don't condone."

According to the Conway County Sheriff's Office, the driver, Joshua Walls, 34, said he had a meltdown.

Walls faces a felony charge of endangering the welfare of minors.

The District had a relief driver Friday and will for the extended future.

The District has been very apologetic and is saying that training procedures will be checked and increased.
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