• Rod Kackley

Kindergarten Kids Drive Kidnapper Crazy: A Shocking True Crime Story

A guy who couldn’t take basic training ran out of Fort Jackson with a rifle and hijacked a school bus full of kindergarten kids in South Carolina, May 6.

Jovan Collazo jumped over a barbed-wire fence outside Fort Jackson. He ran until he came upon a school bus and jumped onboard while kids were getting on the bus.

The bus driver, Kenneth Corbin, pushed his hands out to show the man he was not to come into the bus. Kenneth told Collazo twice to back off.

Collazo responded by putting the butt of his rifle on his shoulder and pointing it at Kenneth.

Then, Collazo told him, “I don’t want to hurt you. Just drive me to the next town.”

The 23-year-old’s rifle was empty, with no ammunition. But just the weapon was enough to convince Kenneth that his guy was serious.

“It was just a matter of staying calm and following his instructions and thinking about the kids because I didn’t want to do anything that would, you know, rile him to cause him to do something that would bring harm to the kids.”

Then, when Collazo noticed eighteen little kids were scattered all around the bus, he told them to get upfront with him.

That’s when things started going wrong for Collazo.

“Where are we going?”

“Are you going to hurt us?”

“Are you going to hurt the bus driver?”

“Why are you doing this?”

Collazo tried to answer the kindergartener’s questions, “The next town,” “No.” “No.” “I just want to go home.”

But, you know, if you give a five-year-old an answer, you might as well give them a mile.

The children never shut up. They never stopped asking questions.

Finally, Collazo couldn’t take it anymore.

Six minutes, and four miles, into his hijacking, Collazo ordered, “Stop the bus. Everybody just leave. Get out of here!”

The children and Kenneth exited the vehicle, as a police officer might say, safely.

Collazo drove the bus himself for a few miles before leaving it, and his rifle, by the side of the road.

The New Jersey native was arrested a short time later and faces several charges, including 19 counts of kidnapping.

Kenneth told Good Morning America, “The kids were the ones that actually got the gentleman off of the bus, and they pretty much had my back as much as my concerns were with them.”

A woman accepts a ride from a truck driver in Pennsylvania, a teenager hops into a blue Chevy pickup truck for a ride home from school on a hot day in North Carolina, while in Denver, a woman and her boyfriend take their new dog for a walk.

These three innocent decisions prove fatal.

Murder’s Always Murder.

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