Bastrop School Bus Driver Sentenced in 2015 Incident
Samuel Macklin will spend the next five years on probation after he was found guilty of child endangerment. His sentence stems from a May 2015 incident in which he was caught on surveillance footage cussing at kids, belittling them, and even threatening family members.
Video shows the situation unfold rather slowly with a conversation between Macklin and a young boy. The situation quickly escalated and Macklin could be heard taunting the boy, telling him he's not afraid of a little "punk kid" before slamming on the brakes and sending the kids into the seat backs.
Macklin says he deeply regrets his actions, adding that he lost his cool that day.
Along with the five years of probation, Macklin will have to undergo anger management, write an apology letter to the boy's family, complete 400 hours of community service, and $1000 to Bastrop County and another $1000 to a children's charity of his choice. He's also been ordered to have no contact with any children without supervision.