The one student who flew out of her seat to support the driver was the driver’s own daughter.
As I understand the story, the initiating brat demanded to be let off the bus where she wanted to be let off, not at her appointed stop. In our school district that is strictly forbidden.
It’s easy for us to say what we’d have done in the driver’s circumstances, but she was driving a full school bus, trying to keep them safe on the road. She shouldn’t have to deal with any given passenger’s whims and bad temper as well.
I don’t wonder why our school district is short of drivers, and they make very good money and have the benefits of other school employees. In fact, our starting drivers can earn more than a starting teacher.
Did you hear her mumble something like why couldn’t I get any help. It wasn’t that long but I guess it seemed like a long time to her. She’ll probably quit. Can you imagine how this girl would have acted if she hadn’t known she was on camera?
I think the expression on the girls face, when the daughter jumped in, tells us that the bus driver wasn’t hurting her or a threat. She was not expecting that and her face showed it. She knew she was suddenly about to get her butt kicked.