Charges Filed In School Bus Assault

Assault and battery charges have been filed against two teenagers in connection with an assault on another teen on a Glenpool school bus in late January. Full Story
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PMM

Tulsa, OK

#1 Apr 25, 2008
It is about time. Being a parent of a student who is having problems on the school bus, both of my children do not ride the bus anymore especially since I found out that my youngest was being beaten up against the head and the bus driver was not doing anything about it, he was told that she was to busy, that is unexceptable, so now both of my kids do not ride the bus anymore. The suspects deserve to be punished and get every bit of what they deserve. Being a person who was bullyed all of her life. I know how the victim feels. I pray that they give the suspects every punishment they can find. I also pray that they give the bus drivers help and that they make the policy better on bullying. I also pray that the victim can get on with his/her life after this, I know it is hard.

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#2 Apr 25, 2008
I pray this kid will get the justice they deserve. To many children turn to violence today. bulling is a bad problem, and I agree it needs to stop. The kids being a bully should be charged with assult.
fed up mom

Owasso, OK

#3 Apr 25, 2008
I agree. My son is 11 and has been bullied from the first day of school by a 17 year old on the bus and jsut htis week he threw something at my son and my son threw it back and my son got into trouble. I called the school and because my son threw it back he was suspended from the bus for a day. What is going on with our schools???? This is crazy that the schools have a no tolerance bully policy but they are not enforcing it.
Adam

Glenpool, OK

#5 Apr 25, 2008
Gee, thanks for describing that.
Jacci Townsell

Oktaha, OK

#6 Apr 25, 2008
I just pray that any children that are a victim of bullying will not be to afraid to stand up for themselves. I realize in this day and age you never know what the other person may pull out of their pocket but these are children and if they were getting treated right at home than there would not be a reason to bully. It's obvious that the kids bullying are clearly being bullied at home. That is the scary part. Do these parents even realize what they are creating.
Jack Brewer

Talala, OK

#7 Apr 25, 2008
My son is big for his age and in the 5th grade. A small for his age 4th grader for half of the school year called him a "queer" almost daily
My son has been taught never start a fight but defend yourself. The little **** called him that name 1 time to many and my son picked him up by his arms and said "DO NOT CALL ME THAT AGAIN!" He put the boy down and he ran straight to the principals office. They were going to suspend my son for bullying. The principal said "Your son is such a big kid" I was furious. Bullys come in all sizes. I told her my son stood up to a bully and if you suspend him we will go to court. Other kids at school varified that the "little boy" had called my son that name all year and other kids told how the little boy taunted them all year also. My son was not suspended and the little boy got in school detention for a week. My son nor the other kids had any more problems with this small bully.
WOW

United States

#8 Apr 25, 2008
IF I WAS THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD IN THE STORY, I WOULD BE SUING THE SCHOOL AND BUS DRIVER. THE SCHOOL WAS INTERFERING WITH AN INVESTIGATION, THEY COULD HAVE GIVEN THAT VIDEO TO THE POLICE. I LIVE IN BIXBY AND I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT BIXBY SCHOOLS COOPERATES WITH THIER POLICE DEPARTMENT BECAUSE I HAVE HAD A SITUATION SIMILAR. OBVISOULY GLENPOOL SCHOOLS DOES NOT CARE FOR THE WELL BEING OF THIER STUDENTS.
confused

Mustang, OK

#9 Apr 25, 2008
Bus drivers get in trouble if they man handle the children, and get into trouble if they don't. I don't know that the choice to get the kids to the stop as fast as he could was a bad choice, but not calling emergency was, (I do not agree with driving and phones usually) but in this case it is emergency. That way, the school would deal directly with police. I am not a school child and deal with bully's everyday, it won't stop I guess it is human nature and people wonder why people murder people in mass shootings, it is truly sad.
who

Mustang, OK

#10 Apr 25, 2008
Adam wrote:
Gee, thanks for describing that.
HUH?
WOW

United States

#11 Apr 25, 2008
Adam wrote:
Gee, thanks for describing that.
WTF?
going on too long

Oklahoma City, OK

#12 Apr 25, 2008
I don't understand why the bus driver would not stop. So since charges are filed against the boys what about the bus driver. I feel as though he too should be held accountable for the actions that happen on the bus.

He should have stopped the buss immediately and took action by breaking up the fight, checking on the boy being beaten up, then notified the school, and police department. The way i see it, not only are the boys at fault buit so is the bus driver and the school district.
Ann

Tulsa, OK

#13 Apr 25, 2008
Could this be shy the private schools in Oklahoma are doing so well? Parents have enough of this kind of stuff?
NAC

Tulsa, OK

#14 Apr 25, 2008
The parents in this story should be suing the school board for not dealing with the school principal. The principal – Danna Garland,(who should also be fired for interfering with the investigation), the bus driver (who also should be fired for not protecting the kid who was being beating up) and the kids parents who were doing the beating.

This whole group appears they are above the law and very self-serving. The school board and the principal are only wanting only to protect the school district and not the boy being beaten up.

The school principal is a bigger bully than the kids doing the fighting - Danna Garland withheld a vital piece of evidence to a criminal investigation. Student privacy has nothing to do with a surveillance tape that shows a crime being committed. Withholding the tape and being forced by the court system to hand it over, only then right before the deadline expired shows Danna Garland does not have the right heart to be the head of any school; this person interests are not in protecting the innocent.

Clearly Garland actions demonstrates the wiliness to protect the criminal element. No where do I find Garland standing up for the kid that was beaten up, but what we do see is Garland going to great lengths to protect the crime. It didn’t take the Tulsa District Attorney long to see a crime had been committed and file assault and battery charges. Why couldn’t Garland see a crime had been committed – and the school board as well? If they are that blind to what is right and what is wrong then remove them all and start over with people who have a good sense of judgment of right and wrong. Clearly these people don’t know the difference!
A Tulsan

Tulsa, OK

#15 Apr 26, 2008
fed up mom wrote:
I agree. My son is 11 and has been bullied from the first day of school by a 17 year old on the bus and jsut htis week he threw something at my son and my son threw it back and my son got into trouble. I called the school and because my son threw it back he was suspended from the bus for a day. What is going on with our schools???? This is crazy that the schools have a no tolerance bully policy but they are not enforcing it.
Sue the school for mental anguish to the child! In a sue happy world that we live in toady that should be easy for ANY lier (opps Lawyer) to make a judge belive!

unless he has a penis pump or is flashing his ex-girlfriend.
Mrs Gossip

Claremore, OK

#16 Apr 26, 2008
My son use to go to Glenpool and he was bullied unmercifully daily. He would come home from the bus with bruises on his legs from being kicked. He would cry atleast 2-3x a week. I talked to the school several times and not much was ever done. This was elementary aged. Another time an older boy exposed himself to my son also on the bus. They did take that pretty seriously but nothing was done about the bullying at any point. We moved away and my son has never been happier. I was NOT surprised to hear this at all and see that it was Glenppol. They REALLY need someone to come help them get a good no-tolerance policy started there and start having assemblies and things to teach the kids to not bully and also to not be afraid to stand up for themselves or others.
un hunh

Tulsa, OK

#17 Apr 26, 2008
I am going to side with the bus driver. What could he do? He was DRIVING. He's going to stop the bus in the middle of the street? He's going to break up a fight after he is instructed not to touch a child? He's going to tell an administration that won't do anything about it?
Parents: If your child is having any problems YOU need to call or better yet , go into that school and make complaints. If every parent would stand up for their child that is being bullied THEN it will stop. If administration does not accomodate you, go to the superintendant. If they they don't accomodate you , go to Sandy Garrett with the Sate Board of Education. If she doesn't accomodate you, go to the press. Now something is being done for this boy with the press involved. Schools favor the troublemakers. It is easier for them to let things slide and think maybe they will just go away. I knew a teacher that taught in Glenpool high school for 20 years. They let the kids bully the teachers too. She left because of this very thing. Glenpool has a history and it isn't pretty.
bubble

Mannford, OK

#18 Apr 26, 2008
The bus driver does have red lights where the cars have to stop. This bus driver could have activated his lights and call the police and he (the bus driver) could have stopped the fight. What kind of bus drivers do we have anyway? If I was the driver you can bet those kids would have been taken away immediately. The schools are not doing their job academically. Look at the posts on here...most people can't even spell. I understand we all have typos but good God the comments with multiple errors is aweful. Do people read books anymore? I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and I can somewhat spell. I have always read books which helps in spelling. By the way, I did get a 4-year degree from OSU and was on the honor roll. Please read to your children and encourage them to read.
Meg

Tulsa, OK

#20 Apr 26, 2008
bubble, This isnt about you. This isnt about how well anyone can spell. No one cares about your 4 year honor roll business(Although that's good for you), this is about the kids getting bullied. It isnt right. Its sad. Could you imagine coming home everynight crying, sad, dont want to get up and go to school the next day? The bus driver could have and should have stopped that bus. IMMEDIATLEY. I dont care if I was the car stopped behind it. Go around it. That poor child got beat in the head and a cigarette lighter held to his chin. That is sad. I wouldn't want to go to school either after that, so more kids can make fun of you. Its horrible. Cant people teach their children to be nice?
Lynda

United States

#21 Apr 26, 2008
I am a parent of a Glenpool student. My daughter loved riding the bus half way through her kindergarten year. On the second week of this, I was already not sure about letting her do so, she came home crying. A girl in the 6th grade had punched her in the head after she told the girl she liked her shirt. I was FURIOUS. I called Glenpool School and the bus driver did not see it,though four other kids did adn reported so.. NOTHING was done. Good for this parent bringing it to light.... I hope her son will be okay in the future.
whatever

United States

#22 May 19, 2008
It appears to me that most of the people writing in about this subject are ignorant to the fact that parenting is the problem. In this day and age parents are too busy working two jobs to make ends meet to spend alittle time teaching their children wrong from right. If parents would teach their children how to behave we wouldnt have so many problems. We need to have a class on compassion, respect and the feelings of other people taught to our children at an early age. If its not going to be taught at home lets teach it in school!!!!

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