by hilzoy (h/t Gary)
Here's the story of a hero:
"Thousands of refugees of Hurricane Katrina were transported to the Astrodome in Houston this week. In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.
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 werent 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.
"I just took the bus and drove all the way here...seven hours straight,' Gibson admitted. "I hadn't ever drove a bus."
The teen packed it full of complete strangers and drove to Houston. He beat thousands of evacuees slated to arrive there."
He saved about a hundred people who would otherwise still be in New Orleans, waiting for help. However:
"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 ," Gibson said, "as long as I saved my people.""
I am not normally in favor of theft. But I make an exception for people who take abandoned buses that are about to be flooded in any case, fill them with strangers who have no other way to escape an impending cataclysm, and drive to safety, especially if, as seems likely, they do not intend to keep the bus once they have done so. Jabbor Gibson should be celebrated, not prosecuted.