Bus driver accused of braking hard to...

Bus driver accused of braking hard to topple pupil

There are 39 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 21, 2008, titled Bus driver accused of braking hard to topple pupil. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A school bus driver will be charged with endangering a 10-year-old boy for intentionally braking suddenly so the boy would fall down, police said.

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tom tom

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 21, 2008
The kid needed it...
HCH

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Nov 21, 2008
Having seen kids get seriously hurt (stitches) on buses after falling while the bus was in motion, I doubt a ten-year-old "deserved" it. The kid may have been misbehaving, but the driver seriously endangered that kid, each of the other kids on the bus as well as other motorists on the road.

Why wasn't this bus monitor intervening on the bad behavior?

“m”

Since: Sep 08

here

#3 Nov 21, 2008
but judge there was a kid chasing a ball acrossed the street and i did not want to hit them so i slamed on the breaks
Cocoa Bean

Harrisburg, PA

#4 Nov 21, 2008
Seatbelts on school buses.
realist

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Nov 21, 2008
Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.
Preachers Kid

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Nov 21, 2008
realist wrote:
Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.
That's really funny.<laughing>
Although through the laughter I must say bus drivers shouldn't slam the brakes and make the kids fall to the floor. Maybe he should have just have the kid sit on top of the bus roof
if he can't behave indife the bus he can hang onto the outside if the bus.

I sure hope I don't go to hell for saying that. ;)
bus drivers kid

United States

#7 Nov 22, 2008
..........and that is why you should stay in the seat! It was a demonstration the kid volunteered. Was he warned or not????? Next time it might be for real. My Dad drove bus for many years.Some kids, by their parents, can do no wrong; this may or may not be the case. Maybe bus drivers should be drafted and go to basic training and then enlist the kids. Then they do push ups when they mess up okay maybe not. I suppose just kick all the kids off the bus that mess up and drive around an empty bus?
FUBAR

Plano, TX

#8 Nov 22, 2008
bus drivers kid wrote:
..........and that is why you should stay in the seat! It was a demonstration the kid volunteered. Was he warned or not????? Next time it might be for real. My Dad drove bus for many years.Some kids, by their parents, can do no wrong; this may or may not be the case. Maybe bus drivers should be drafted and go to basic training and then enlist the kids. Then they do push ups when they mess up okay maybe not. I suppose just kick all the kids off the bus that mess up and drive around an empty bus?
Um,....what?
yeah for the bus driver

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Nov 22, 2008
Go bus driver! Many people avoid using the bus because of the behavior of out-of-control idiots. My experience is that the school does not back up the bus drivers. When my kids were in school, one bus route was even discussed at PTA meetings because the kids were so awful. But the school wouldn't exclude the offenders from the bus -- because then they would have no way to get to school. So the parents of the kids who were terrorized formed car pools to get their kids to school. Thanks a lot, public schools.
Say What

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Nov 22, 2008
HCH wrote:
Why wasn't this bus monitor intervening on the bad behavior?
Why werent the parents doing their job?
Scuba

Waunakee, WI

#12 Nov 22, 2008
Kids will be kids, but braking to make a kid fly forward is too much. I agree that the school needs to back up the bus driver and have a plan to deal with a kid who wants to jump around around the bus and what not. Ugh. Dealing with 40 kids, somebody has to do it. Not me.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#13 Nov 22, 2008
When I was school age, we were taught that every adult in life was to be respected; teachers, bus-drivers, parents of friends, all fell under the strict rule "respect your elders". If my folks had gotten word that I was being a snotty, disrepectful little brat to the bus-driver, there would have been h-e-l-l to pay. That said, I had to laugh at the swift consequence the bus driver delivered. I believe in immediate, natural consequences for bad behavior, and I don't believe in empty threats. I think the bus driver has the same line of thinking!

I'd bet the kid is more likely to remain in his seat from now on, unless his parents are claiming him to be picked on by the big bad busdriver and nurturing an attitude of victimhood in the young'un.

Was it the best thing to do? Probably not, but the driver didn't seem to have much support (especially if the so-called monitor was not intervening). It wasn't the worst thing he could do, considering he was in charge of driving the bus AND keeping the kids in their seats.
Joe

United States

#14 Nov 22, 2008
The kid was probably being a show off little brat and by making him fall, he got humiliated as he should have been. I notice there's only mention of an over-protective mother and no mention of a father.
realist

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Nov 22, 2008
ZenBirdist wrote:
When I was school age, we were taught that every adult in life was to be respected; teachers, bus-drivers, parents of friends, all fell under the strict rule "respect your elders". If my folks had gotten word that I was being a snotty, disrepectful little brat to the bus-driver, there would have been h-e-l-l to pay. That said, I had to laugh at the swift consequence the bus driver delivered. I believe in immediate, natural consequences for bad behavior, and I don't believe in empty threats. I think the bus driver has the same line of thinking!
I'd bet the kid is more likely to remain in his seat from now on, unless his parents are claiming him to be picked on by the big bad busdriver and nurturing an attitude of victimhood in the young'un.
Was it the best thing to do? Probably not, but the driver didn't seem to have much support (especially if the so-called monitor was not intervening). It wasn't the worst thing he could do, considering he was in charge of driving the bus AND keeping the kids in their seats.
Unfortunately, due to degenerate urban liberals, the past is being destroyed. You see, they believe they have a legal right to behave that way, with no concern for moral American values.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#17 Nov 22, 2008
slapnuts wrote:
so here we have another example of the democrat created victimization of society. Its the bus drivers fault for supposedly slamming on the brakes, not the stupid kids fault for standing up when repeatedly, on this day and apparently in the past, being told to sit down. and of course all the brats family sees is $$$$$ and not the fact that their kid is stupid. Again, no personal responsibility.
You can't be serious, throwing in the word "democrat" here. This story is as far from politics as you can get. I've known well-behaved children and not-so-well behaved ones, the same for parents, from all over the political spectrum.
Ralph Kramden

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 22, 2008
Even if you're moronic enough to think this idiot bus driver was in the right, what about the other kids who get hurt? Yeah, idiots, let's applaud this imbecile for slamming on the brakes, and possibly causing an accident, to "get" a child. Go get yourselves some therapy, and slap your mothers for raising losers!
Scuba

Waunakee, WI

#20 Nov 22, 2008
Ralph Kramden wrote:
Go get yourselves some therapy, and slap your mothers for raising losers!
Lol

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#21 Nov 22, 2008
"Heckuva job, Monitor!"

Mission Accomplished!
ralph elp tx

United States

#22 Nov 22, 2008
Ya like kids always did as they were told! Your nuts...
ZenBirdist wrote:
When I was school age, we were taught that every adult in life was to be respected; teachers, bus-drivers, parents of friends, all fell under the strict rule "respect your elders". If my folks had gotten word that I was being a snotty, disrepectful little brat to the bus-driver, there would have been h-e-l-l to pay. That said, I had to laugh at the swift consequence the bus driver delivered. I believe in immediate, natural consequences for bad behavior, and I don't believe in empty threats. I think the bus driver has the same line of thinking!
I'd bet the kid is more likely to remain in his seat from now on, unless his parents are claiming him to be picked on by the big bad busdriver and nurturing an attitude of victimhood in the young'un.
Was it the best thing to do? Probably not, but the driver didn't seem to have much support (especially if the so-called monitor was not intervening). It wasn't the worst thing he could do, considering he was in charge of driving the bus AND keeping the kids in their seats.
OGI Conservative Elitist

El Paso, TX

#23 Nov 22, 2008
The solution was simple. Kick the kid off the bus for his behavior and inconvenience the idiot parents who failed to raise a child who respects adult authority. Problem solved for everyone except his parent. They are the root of the problem anyway.

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