An Italian driver originally from Senegal hijacked his bus with 50 schoolchildren on board. He set the bus on fire to protest migrant deaths. He also bound the childrens’ hands and threatened them with a knife. A Milan court has sentenced him as he was found guilty of forced confinement with terrorist intent. Fortunately, a child on board was able to contact the police which resulted in a roadblock.
The hijacker has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. In the video below, the father of a child on the bus explains that if it were up to him, he would be outside the jail waiting for the man. This horrible news has brought awareness and concern to thousands of parents. Many believe that individuals with criminal backgrounds should not be allowed to drive school buses.
Two of the children on the bus, an Egyptian and Moroccan, received Italian nationality in 2009. They are credited with helping others escape and saving their lives.
- Main Image: Ousseynou S told police his actions were a “personal decision” BBC NEWS