Mom says bus driver hit 6-year-old -

Mom says bus driver hit 6-year-old -

There are 107 comments on the Newsday story from Sep 7, 2007, titled Mom says bus driver hit 6-year-old -. In it, Newsday reports that:

Police are investigating an allegation by the parents of a 6-year-old boy that a school bus driver slapped their son twice yesterday.

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A Concerned Parent

New York, NY

#1 Sep 7, 2007
My daughter, a kindergarten student and first time bus rider, was also on this bus yesterday afternoon and came home to tell me that she no longer wanted to ride on the school bus. To sum up what was said when I asked her why she began to explain the incident where apparently there was a little boy kicking and screaming that he didnt want to get on the bus. I asked her what the driver did and she told me he asked the boy to sit down or he had to call the principal.
As I personally was not there to witness the event I am not exactly sure what happened. However, I have personally rode on the bus with this driver and he gave me no reason to question his kindness. Also, I am uncomfortable with the idea of a special education child who is unable to control himself on the bus with my child. If he, in fact, was kicking and punching and flailing around as, not only my daughter but a number of other children have described, who is to say a hurt elbow was not done by his own loss of control. I am just thankful no one else was hurt.
As for the driver, I do agree there should be an investigation and only after all of the facts are presented, should a decision be made. As far as I'm concerned right now this article is a joke and could have not only just cost a man his job but slander his reputation forever.

Since: Jun 07

Stony Brook, NY

#2 Sep 7, 2007
A Concerned Parent wrote:
My daughter, a kindergarten student and first time bus rider, was also on this bus yesterday afternoon and came home to tell me that she no longer wanted to ride on the school bus. To sum up what was said when I asked her why she began to explain the incident where apparently there was a little boy kicking and screaming that he didnt want to get on the bus. I asked her what the driver did and she told me he asked the boy to sit down or he had to call the principal.
As I personally was not there to witness the event I am not exactly sure what happened. However, I have personally rode on the bus with this driver and he gave me no reason to question his kindness. Also, I am uncomfortable with the idea of a special education child who is unable to control himself on the bus with my child. If he, in fact, was kicking and punching and flailing around as, not only my daughter but a number of other children have described, who is to say a hurt elbow was not done by his own loss of control. I am just thankful no one else was hurt.
As for the driver, I do agree there should be an investigation and only after all of the facts are presented, should a decision be made. As far as I'm concerned right now this article is a joke and could have not only just cost a man his job but slander his reputation forever.
i do hope that you, and any other that has info on the incident, will go to the proper authorities....
Meaculpa

AOL

#3 Sep 7, 2007
Some people look for ways to sue...this could be one of them. God bless the bus drivers who have to put up with out-of-control kids and their wimpy parents.
Jim

Matthews, NC

#4 Sep 7, 2007
the knee jerk response is to blame the bus driver before all of the facts come out. shame on newsday for not being fair. does newsday treat their employees the same way? the drive needs to operate the school bus in a safe manner and not deal with an out of control kid at the same time. kick that kid off the bus immediately and put him on a bus with a matron $$$.
jim

Warren, NJ

#5 Sep 7, 2007
no one hit her kid, thats a shame...can i him him?
Ralph Kramden

New York, NY

#6 Sep 7, 2007
I dus a brive.
KCC

Providence, RI

#8 Sep 7, 2007
The parents are more out-of-control than the kids these days. As far as I am concerned, you know your kid and you know their capabilities. Period.
Trock

Paterson, NJ

#9 Sep 7, 2007
You can bet if that was my kid, that bus driver would feel my hand...
ricky

United States

#10 Sep 7, 2007
It's "I brive a dus"
Ralph Kramden wrote:
I dus a brive.
Tommy

Holtsville, NY

#11 Sep 7, 2007
If your son has attention deficit disorder, why dont you wake up early in the morning and take your own kid to school??? or have a sitter. You know, some people have some nerve when it comes to parenting.
slap happy

United States

#12 Sep 7, 2007
It sounds like a couple people could use a sla
To Tommy

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Sep 7, 2007
You've got to be kidding...drive your kid to school because he has ADHD?
How about this: require bus drivers, lunch monitors, and the rest of the people who work with kids to take a course on childrearing and working with children.
In my son's school years ago, a lunch monitor grabbed his arm so hard that she bruised it.
He does not have ADHD or anything like that at all. The woman who did it is someone who is often in a bad mood and doesn't like children.
The school didn't tell me, nor did my son. A custodian I know at the school told me about it. He described what happened and was concerned because he didn't think my son had done anything wrong, and thought the lunch monitor was out of control.
I went to the school to talk to the principal and she did not want to hear anything about it.
Kids are powerless, and if the person in charge is a bully or jerk, often the school will back up the adult, and not the child.
GiveMeABreak

Hauppauge, NY

#14 Sep 7, 2007
Another BS syndrome to give people an excuse to do whatever they want.
The apple never falls

Stony Brook, NY

#15 Sep 7, 2007
far from the stupid tree....
More entitled LI parents who "never lay a finger" on bad behaving Johnny, when he probably deserves to get his ass beat. Rush to accuse and blame, rather than looking at all the facts.
I mean, of course, a 6 year old would never lie after after they got in trouble, right?
Principal Prickly

Hempstead, NY

#16 Sep 7, 2007
they all have a beating coming to them at one time or another
Stacy

New York, NY

#17 Sep 7, 2007
This comment is for "Top Notch Science" ... you must be a "tard" yourself ... that is disgusting to make a comment like that.
man

New York, NY

#18 Sep 7, 2007
facts should be gathered b4 article written and people accused. parents should know their kids tendencies. if kid neverlied b4 then they have every reason to trust he'sbeing truthful, but a school bus full of children should be able to give account of if the kid got slapped 2x in the face or not.
godforbid my kid told me that...i'd be @ the school wanting somones ass right quick. nothing but police would be able to control me...
cathy

New York, NY

#19 Sep 7, 2007
First you you TARD!!!!!!!!!
Top Notch Science wrote:
More beatings for tards, not less.
Concerned

Paterson, NJ

#20 Sep 7, 2007
When a kids with a.d.d. are transported there needs to be a matron on the bus to keep order. The driver cannot be distracted. There have been too many school bus accidents already and school just started.
Judy

Warwick, NY

#21 Sep 7, 2007
For almost 4 years I drove full size bus. It is not easy dealing with first time riders OR their parents. NO Driver has the right to hit a child. NO child has the right to hit or hurt the driver or cause harm to any other child on the bus. Period. However, either way you put it ... this should be investigated by the bus company and the school district. ALl incidents MUST be investigated and treated as valid issues. If the driver did hit or harm the child remove that driver and deal with them to the full extent of the law. If they are found innocent, will Newsday print that information and will the parent say sorry for their actions and remarks? Make sure before you accuse someone of neglect, abuse or any other negative actions you do your homework. Are we still living in a day and age where we are innocent until proven guilty ... or has that changed to? Do remember this ... your child behavior on a bus is NOT the same child sitting in your vehicle. We all know what our children will and will not do.. maybe the child lost control and the driver had to restrain them to protect the safety of the other children. Either way slapping or hitting a child is not allowed AT ALL. Oh before you ask why I am not driving anymore...I left with a perfect record for a better job and opportunity to be with my children when they came home from school!

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