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Springfield (MA) bus drivers fed up with student harassment, violence & lack of action by admin
The Republican via MassLive.com ^

Posted on 04/06/2011 3:52:21 PM PDT by matt04

SPRINGFIELD - School bus drivers in Springfield said they are tired of being harassed and enduring violence from students all while they are just trying to do their job, according to a report by CBS-3.

School bus drivers joined school officials at a meeting Tuesday at the M. Marcus Kiley Middle School to try to work out a solution to the decades-old problem of unruly students.

June Dakin, a long-time school bus driver, told reporters that young students from M. Marcus Kiley Middle School are some of the worst offenders and that the school's administration hasn't taken any action to remedy the ongoing problems.

She said that verbal abuse is the central problem but also cited incidents where she said one driver had a coat thrown over his head while driving and another had her seatbelt tightened around her from behind.

Dakin told reporters there have been several issues a week for months on end and no action has been taken to protect the drivers or innocent students on the buses.

School committee member Antonette Pepe said that she once dropped a stack of 300 bus-related complaints on Superintendent Alan Ingram's desk, but no decisive action was ever taken, according to CBS-3.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: education; schoolbus; springfield; violence
And the student who threw a coat over a driver was not arrested why? Oh, it appears entitlements protect many students from the comments.

Time for a three strikes rule, or less. Do something stupid, at a minimum bus privileges are revoked for 1 year, with suspension from school, possible expulsion and criminal charges too.

Also go after any entitlement the parents may be receiving.

1 posted on 04/06/2011 3:52:23 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04
Children should be seen & not ‘herd’’, spare the rod & spoil the child, sit down & shut up, etc. & on &on, it's really not hard to raise up good human beings, just don't change the rules that have been working for 10 forevers!
2 posted on 04/06/2011 3:56:36 PM PDT by de.rm (Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, 3 times is enemy action. Let us prey. It's their war)
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To: matt04

Taser them.


3 posted on 04/06/2011 3:57:59 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: matt04

I always wondered why school busses have no seatbelts when at least here in MA the rest of us are forced to use them.

Maybe if these little rugrat punks were strapped down this problem would not be as bad.


4 posted on 04/06/2011 4:02:30 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie

Judging by what they do to drivers, and having first hand experience driving in parts of said city, they would find ways to use them as weapons.


5 posted on 04/06/2011 4:09:28 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Let the offenders walk to school. It may help get their minds right.


6 posted on 04/06/2011 4:09:50 PM PDT by Free in Texas (You're it!)
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To: matt04

We had a crazy kid on the school bus once. The bus driver put him out on the street, 15 miles from his home. Never had issues with that kid again.


7 posted on 04/06/2011 4:11:08 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Govt. Bus Drivers

The kids are doing what I'd love to do. Get a real job, you leeches!

8 posted on 04/06/2011 4:14:05 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: matt04
The population of Hispanics in Springfield increased to 59,541, or almost 39 percent of the city's population, census numbers said. That's up from 41,343 in 2000, when Hispanics constituted 27.2 percent of the city's population. source

It's probably safe to say that harassment of school bus drivers will be among the more mild problems Springfield's educational system will have over the coming century.
9 posted on 04/06/2011 4:20:45 PM PDT by ruination
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To: matt04
I live in Springfield. There is no hope, “I have no mouth and I must scream.” Really, by my math 60% of the kids never graduate high school. Never move here, it is a despondent wasteland of apathy and welfare reliance. Even the suburbs suck.
10 posted on 04/06/2011 4:21:38 PM PDT by oncebitten (Re: Obama: "I could carve a better man out of a banana." T. Roosevelt)
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To: oncebitten

Springfield?

Get out, Get out NOW!
Come to Norwood, It’s still sort of, kind of cheap.
And ok i guess.


12 posted on 04/06/2011 4:27:31 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: matt04

Did they ask Otto?

13 posted on 04/06/2011 4:32:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mowowie

Funny, I used to live in Walpole (not Cedar Junction), and I worked at the “Mug N’ Muffin” in Norwood as a short order chef. Ahhhh, good times.


14 posted on 04/06/2011 4:32:42 PM PDT by oncebitten (Re: Obama: "I could carve a better man out of a banana." T. Roosevelt)
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To: oncebitten
according to Forbes, the seventh worst city in the country!!!

I live in Ware, it is bad enough here, but I do not work in or go to Springfield without my gun.

15 posted on 04/06/2011 4:38:35 PM PDT by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: matt04

Is this the wonderful “socialization” homeschoolers are missing? ( Just wondering.)


16 posted on 04/06/2011 4:39:33 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: BillGunn

No way, seventh, we’re working for number one. Don’t worry though we’re armed to the teeth.


17 posted on 04/06/2011 4:40:09 PM PDT by oncebitten (Re: Obama: "I could carve a better man out of a banana." T. Roosevelt)
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To: wintertime

Springfield is rough territory.


18 posted on 04/06/2011 4:41:03 PM PDT by Mears
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To: oncebitten
It was a beautiful city under DeMatto and even Neal...

If you go out farther i.e. Wilbraham or Southwick maybe it won't suck so bad....

No mention of the Somali Influx, last time I was their ( November) I got an earful from my aunts and uncle about the latest immigrants...

One more thing... We were all told to vote for the millage for the new High School in 16 acres in the 80's that Commerce was falling apart and we need this, we can't teach. Lot of good all that physical plant did, they are not turning out the kids they did in the 50's and 60's that is for sure...

19 posted on 04/06/2011 4:53:20 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: oncebitten

My favorite Springfield memory, on one of my rare trips into that city, was watching a Hispanic female double park in front of a welfare office, in a Escalade with spinners, exit a few minutes later holding what I presume was a check, while talking on some sort of smart phone, hop in ans speed off nearly mowing down a pedestrian in a cross walk.


20 posted on 04/06/2011 4:58:42 PM PDT by matt04
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To: mowowie

Convert the buses to prison buses. Put up a fence and gate
between the driver and the little criminals.


21 posted on 04/06/2011 5:07:46 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: matt04
How to stop this crap in one day.

Misbehave on the bus???

Arrive at school, get handed a toilet brush. Clean every toilet until you can eat off the bowl. Repeat daily until behavior conforms

Mommy or Daddy (if they exist) complain, they can clean the toilet for junior or put up with junior at home.

22 posted on 04/06/2011 5:25:54 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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