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Parents praise school bus drivers for getting students home safely

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Two days ago, Matthew Peddie was trapped on his school bus with 31 of his classmates because of the winter storm that rocked metro Atlanta.

"It took us like five hours to get to the first bus stop which was only seven miles away," said Peddie. 

All told, Peddie spent nearly 10 hours on the bus, but he said time was the least of everyone's worries

"We were passing around plastic bottles on the bus and dumping them out the window and passing them around because some of us really had to use the restroom," Peddie said.

Despite the tension of the moment, the hunger and the real fear that they wouldn't make it home, Peddie said everyone remained calm because of Robin Boyd, his bus driver.

"She kept us safe on the road making sure we were all in our seats needing to stay seated and got us home to the bus depot," said Peddie.

Peddie and many of his classmates were picked up at a Cobb County school bus depot and ultimately made it home after 1 a.m. But other students were forced to stay the night under the watchful eye of Boyd.

"She stayed the whole night and there were other workers there, but they left and left her there with the 12 students who ended up staying the night," Peddie said.

In the end everyone made it home safely and Boyd is getting the lion's share of the credit.

"She was being the safe bus driver that she is. I thank her for that because it kept us safe going home making sure we were fine," Peddie said.

"I just really can't thank the bus drivers enough for what they did and for how they handled such an intense situation," said Cheryl Peddie, Matthew's mother.

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