School bus driver charged in homophob...

School bus driver charged in homophobic attack on student

There are 30 comments on the www.365gay.com story from Oct 16, 2008, titled School bus driver charged in homophobic attack on student. In it, www.365gay.com reports that:

An elementary school bus driver has been charged with leading a homophobic attack on a 10-year old student passenger. The Kankakee Sheriff’s Police Department said that the boy was taunted by the driver who then encouraged other students to chase and beat the child. Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said the incident occurred on a Bourbonnais Elementary School District bus which was returning students to their homes last Friday.

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“Son of Abraham”

Since: Aug 07

Natural Deviant

#1 Oct 16, 2008
This is a new low.
David

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 16, 2008
A grown man feeling threatened by a 10yr old boy because he perceived him as gay? Ridiculous, stupid man.

“religion is corrupt-able”

Since: Jul 07

Bloomington, IN

#3 Oct 16, 2008
It is completely heartbreaking when an adult has to use a child to express his homophobic nature. What... was the busdrvier a 12-year-old in a grown mans body? Children have to deal with enough bullying from their peers.
This grown man should feel ashamed. What he allegedly did and allegedly encouraged is disgusting behavior. HE IS 10!!!!!! More than likey, he doesn't even know what the full scope of being gay means...
Suitable punishment: sit the guy in a public room and make him watch gay porn nekkid... We'll see who'll be blushing with humiliation after that.(just a thought... LOL)
denise

Clinton Township, MI

#4 Oct 16, 2008
scary this guy is driving the kids around. then if a bullied kid lashes out violently they all sit around scratching their head wondering why...i'll bet this guy comes from alaska and sees nothing wrong with what he did. probably making this kid 'be a man'. makes me sick.

Since: Mar 07

Washington DC

#6 Oct 16, 2008
I'm speechless. These people and their messages of hatred and bigotry must stop. Yelling "kill him" and "terrorist" at McCain rallies, gay bashing, and not encouraging (and participating in) beating up a a TEN YEAR OLD!!

What a sick, sick message...
flyboy

Richmond, VA

#7 Oct 16, 2008
OMG.
flyboy

Richmond, VA

#8 Oct 16, 2008
Honestly, something needs to be done about the homophobia in schools. Something needs to be done to send the message that this SHIT is not acceptable. Something NEEDS to be done, because Im tired of seeing kids getting harrassed and abused mentally and physically for who they are. Im tired of parents taking students out of classes run buy gay teachers, justr promoting intolerence and prejudice. I dont give a FUCK if parents are uncomfortable about homosexuality. I dont care what your beliefs are. THIS IS NOT OK OR ACCEPTABLE IN ANY WAY. It needs TO STOP, NOW.

Since: Mar 07

Kankakee, IL

#9 Oct 16, 2008
This is sad and I hope this man understands that if this boy is in fact gay he's scarred this poor child. It's hard enough in this world as it is. I hope this man gets fired and sued and I hope he gets every horrible thing he deserves!

“Equality under the law for All”

Since: Jun 08

Fontana, CA

#10 Oct 16, 2008
I hope he gets jail time as one who beats up on kids is among the lowest rungs for the prision hirarchy.

The school district had better be ready to fork up a large amount of money over this and put some sharp teeth into it's anti-bullying rules if they have any. No child should have to fear going to school because of bullying. I know how that fear feels, because back in the bad old days I was bullied and teased in school and at the school bus stop because of my physical disablities and the school did nothing to stop it from happening.

Virginia Rae

Since: Oct 08

Schaumburg, IL

#11 Oct 16, 2008
Not that it matters, why in the hell does the bus driver think the kid is gay anyway? He's 10 years old for cryin out loud. If I were the kids dad I would track down this bus driver and beat the living shit out of him. I wonder what the kid did to the bus driver, not that it justifies anything, I just wander what the drivers story is.

“religion is corrupt-able”

Since: Jul 07

Bloomington, IN

#12 Oct 16, 2008
Joe catowner wrote:
Not that it matters, why in the hell does the bus driver think the kid is gay anyway? He's 10 years old for cryin out loud. If I were the kids dad I would track down this bus driver and beat the living shit out of him. I wonder what the kid did to the bus driver, not that it justifies anything, I just wander what the drivers story is.
Well, I know when i was 10 I was effeminate. I got lots of crap from the other kids but the adults in my life usually stepped in on my side. While it would be interesting to know what the bus driver's story is, I for one don't feel that it is a necessity. He is a grown man charged with launching an attack on a child. What his quarry did to provoke him is really is of no importance. He had no justification to stoop down to a pre-adolecent level.
born that way

Washington, DC

#13 Oct 16, 2008
Well at least he was terminated, and charged with mob action, endangering the life of a child and battery.
equalityboy81

United States

#14 Oct 17, 2008
They need to charge this bus driver and the students with a hate crime. The school board, bus driver, and each student who participated should be sued in civil court. If I were the parent I would have them charged with everything the law could come up with and get every victims, gay, human, constitutional, and civil rights organization involved. They should also notify the FBI of this hate crime and write letters to all the politicians about this incident. The bus driver needs to stay fired and the students should be expelled. All of them need to be in jail without bond. Hopefully they'll do a few years in prison.

“Just call me Das. ”

Since: Jul 07

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Oct 18, 2008
The student who was attacked, obviously, needs to see justice done, for his own peace of mind. Whether he's gay, straight, or into purple martians with green polka dots, he's going to need to be scarred.

The bus driver needs to be punished, and kept away from children, so this doesn't happen again.

And the other students? The ones egged on by the driver? Care needs to be taken to make them understand the extent of their responsibility in the matter, and to make them strong enough to resist this kind of thing again.

“Just call me Das. ”

Since: Jul 07

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Oct 18, 2008
Apoloogies: "He's going to be scarred."

No coffee yet.

Since: Oct 08

Schaumburg, IL

#17 Oct 21, 2008
I was just curious. I was wondering if perhaps the bus driver was trying to stand up for gay kids somehow. What if this 10 year old kid had a habit of calling people fag or queer and was a bully to other kids. Maybe the busdriver was trying to turn the tables on him and trying to make him feel the way he has made other kids feel.

I don't know if this is what happened, I am just playing the devils advocate here trying to figure out what would "drive" (nop pun intended) a bus driver to do this sort of thing. Not that it justifies it either way. Even if that were the case there are better ways of going about it.

bobby

United States

#18 Oct 23, 2008
a bus driver taunting a child with homosexuality is bad.
a bus driver making a connection with the child and proclaiming gay=happiness is not bad.
both of these situations should have been reported to parents in daily conversation.

a bus driver who verbally lead an attack isnt unlawful.. quite frankly, we should thank the bus driver for revealing problematic children.

a situation where the bus driver was proclaiming the word gay as happiness could fall victim to a breach of civil rights claiming the bus drivers intention was not to use the word gay as a definitive word for happiness.. but as a definitive word for homosexuality.

this is a bipolar situation because the word gay can have two conclusive meanings.. one being happiness and the other being homosexuality.

the proper use of the word gay is to claim that an individual is happy enough to permit an unjustified act, whether it be unlawful (such as theft) or ill-moral (such as not washing hands after using the bathroom)

the above provides reinforcement of the definition without using homosexuality as an example.

the reality is clear..
gay is a trick word for the small minded.
how the word is used determines how small minded you truly are.(and possibly homophobic or bi-sexually curious, be it consciously or subconsciously)

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#19 Oct 23, 2008
Prjudice, hatred and stupidity knows no bounds..... :(

Since: Mar 07

Kankakee, IL

#20 Oct 23, 2008
bobby wrote:
a bus driver taunting a child with homosexuality is bad.
a bus driver making a connection with the child and proclaiming gay=happiness is not bad.
both of these situations should have been reported to parents in daily conversation.
a bus driver who verbally lead an attack isnt unlawful.. quite frankly, we should thank the bus driver for revealing problematic children.
a situation where the bus driver was proclaiming the word gay as happiness could fall victim to a breach of civil rights claiming the bus drivers intention was not to use the word gay as a definitive word for happiness.. but as a definitive word for homosexuality.
this is a bipolar situation because the word gay can have two conclusive meanings.. one being happiness and the other being homosexuality.
the proper use of the word gay is to claim that an individual is happy enough to permit an unjustified act, whether it be unlawful (such as theft) or ill-moral (such as not washing hands after using the bathroom)
the above provides reinforcement of the definition without using homosexuality as an example.
the reality is clear..
gay is a trick word for the small minded.
how the word is used determines how small minded you truly are.(and possibly homophobic or bi-sexually curious, be it consciously or subconsciously)
Revealing problematic children?

Are you insane?
Where do you get off saying the boy has problems?
Do you know the child?

What you said makes no sense. Why would the bus driver call the kid gay as in happy and then get other students to attack him cause he was happy?

I think you might have the problems!

Since: Oct 08

Schaumburg, IL

#21 Oct 23, 2008
Bobby, just how much liqour does it take to keep you walking straight each day?

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