Convicted bus driver speaks out about criminal past
SAND MOUNTAIN, DADE COUNTY (WRCB) -- Nathan Brian Stone and his wife share a business on top of Sand Mountain in Dade County.
It's been this way for years, but Stone says it was tough to see the skeletons of his past on the news.
"I wasn't a bad person then," Stone explains. "How in the world could this be happening?"
Stone was convicted on felony drug charges in 2000, but he says he was going through a messy divorce and turned to drugs and alcohol.
"I just got out and did things I didn't need to be doing, and unfortunately I got caught and a lot of people didn't," Stone says. "You know, I realized my mistake and then I went forward from there, trying to better my life and everything."
Stone has spent the last decade doing what he loves, restoring classic cars. However, he relies on his bus driving job for insurance, which he says he can't go without. Now, with his past resurfacing he fears he'll lose what matters most.
"I just want people to judge me for what I am now, not for who I was in the past," says Stone.
Stone's past will never go away, but instead of running from it, he admits his mistakes and wants to move forward.
"It's just a part of my past, it's not the part I want to remember, it's the part I'd like to forget but you're never supposed to forget your past," says Stone.
Dade County School Superintendent Shawn Tobin says Stone is suspended with pay while administrators investigate the accusations against him.
He went on to say they'll make a decision about Stone's employment by Monday, after they review the bus video.