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Man arrested after attacking bus


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (WXIA) -- A Stone Mountain man was arrested after attacking a school bus carrying elementary school students Wednesday morning. He told police it was because the bus was speeding.

Bus driver Tonya Thompson was picking up children on Noblett Road and Old Tucker Road before heading to Mountain Park Elementary. 

At 7:36 a.m., a man stopped in front of the bus. She stopped to avoid hitting him. Thompson told police the man started hitting the hood of the bus, and then banging on the door. He was yelling and trying to pry open the loading door. Thompson said she was scared, and didn't know why he was trying to get on the bus. She asked him to step away from the bus, but he wouldn't. He kept banging on the door and pulling it until he broke the handle. 


Thompson told police the children on the bus started screaming in fear. Thompson felt like she needed to take action to keep the children safe, so she started slowly driving forward. Finally, he lost his balance and fell. She stopped the bus to avoid running him over. He got up and started hitting the bus again. 

Another car drove up and started blowing her horn to get the man's attention. Witnesses watched him walk away from the bus into a nearby home. 

When police answered the driver's call, they approached the house on Noblett Road. They knocked on the door and found Joseph Durden drinking a beer. 

According to the police report, he admitted he was the man who had been attacking the bus. He told officers he was tired of buses speeding on his street, so he stopped the bus to talk to the driver. Durden was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, interference with government property, and abusing public school personnel.