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A school bus driver has ended his hunger strike against the Tarrytown School District after going five days without eating.
Tony Tola has ended his five-day hunger strike and says he will be going back to work.
Tola was met by cheering supporters after his hour-long meeting with Tarrytown school officials this morning.
Tola has driven a bus for the school district for 18 years. He claims a fellow bus driver physically attacked him last month and when Tola refused to admit he was at fault, he was suspended but the other driver was not.
According to Tola, the other driver has had issues with several other employees but nothing has been done.
So in protest, Tola has been sleeping in his car for the past five nights outside the Sleepy Hollow Middle High School and surviving only on water and other fluids.
His plan was to stay there until district officials met with him.
Tola says, the Tarrytown school superintendent said he would investigate the incident and also asked Tola to come back to work while school officials look into the matter. "I'm happy, I'm happy for that because you know, he's going to find the truth. The truth is what I say, I have 18 years working here, most of the people, the community, the parents they know me. The teachers, they know me."
Tola says he probably won't come back to work for a few days because he wants to get some sleep because he says it wouldn't be safe to drive the children. And when he gets home he plans on a meal of rice, beans and steak.