Sugar and spice, but nothing nice

13th March 2009 at 00:00

Graham King, an Australian bus driver, has become a local hero in Ipswich, Queensland, for driving a busload of rowdy pupils straight to the police station after being hit on the back of the head with a lollipop. After he repeatedly warned them to sit down and put their seatbelts on, the hard-boiled projectile was a step too far.

Initially worried that he might get into trouble over his controversial disciplinary methods, Mr King has received unanimous support from the community.

In the fortnight before the incident, police had attended two accidents involving school buses, one of them a fatal crash, and Mr King's decision to involve the police is thought to have avoided a third.

"Safety is my biggest issue" he said. "Something hit me in the back of the head, which I didn't know at the time what it was. It could just as easily have been a cricket ball."

King's no-nonsense approach comes a few months after fellow Australian Sam Burt made headlines by making his five-year-old son Jack walk 13 kilometres (8 miles) to school with him every day for a week, following a similar incident in which the boy hit a school bus driver on the head with an apple core.

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