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Teen hero drives survivors to TX – could face charges

“I just took the bus and drove all the way here…seven hours straight. I hadn’t ever drove a bus.”

— hero Jabbor Gibson,18, who drove survivors to the Astrodome in an “unauthorized” evacuation

As House Blender Paul said, “In a sane world the President would be commending this kid for a job well done and threatening the head of FEMA with jail instead of the other way around.” You probably heard about that school bus that was stolen and used to transport victims to Houston to for their safety, only to be initially refused access to the Astrodome because they were not part of the authorized evacuation effort.

This young man is a hero; he saved lives, and showed leadership in the midst of chaos, something sorely lacking in the clowns running this disaster relief effort.

About 100 people packed into the stolen bus. They were the first to enter the Houston Astrodome, but they weren’t exactly welcomed. The big yellow school bus wasn’t expected or approved to pass through the stadium’s gates. Randy Nathan, who was on the bus, said they were desperate to get out of town.

“If it weren’t for him right there,” he said, “we’d still be in New Orleans underwater. He got the bus for us.” Eighteen-year-old Jabbor Gibson jumped aboard the bus as it sat abandoned on a street in New Orleans and took control. The teen packed it full of complete strangers and drove to Houston. He beat thousands of evacuees slated to arrive there.

“I’t’s better than being in New Orleans,” said fellow passenger Albert McClaud, “we want to be somewhere where we’re safe.” During a long and impatient delay, children popped their heads out of bus windows and mothers clutched their babies. One 8-day-old infant spent the first days of his life surrounded by chaos. He’s one of the many who are homeless and hungry.

Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.

I don’t care if I get blamed for it, as long as I saved my people.”

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I didn’t include the first paragraph of Brownsville, Texas Newschannel 5 story, because it deserves special mention:

In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.

Do you think, if Jabbor Gibson was of the pale persuasion, the report would have referred to the event as looting, or “finding”? Wouldn’t he be all over the airwaves as a hero? Just asking.

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