Skip to comments.Who Should Be a School Bus Monitor? [Re Klein video incident]
Posted on 07/01/2012 8:41:40 AM PDT by QT3.14
By now the whole world has seen the video of a group of middle school boys bullying Karen Klein, the school bus monitor in Greece, New York. The boys have been vilified, their families threatened, and the school board will decide whether the boys will be suspended for the entire 2012-2013 school year. An online site has collected more than $500,000 for Klein and she is being showered with gifts, including an expense-paid trip to Disney World by ABC, which owns the theme park.
An important issue, however, is not being addressed. What were Kleins qualifications for being a school bus monitor and what training did she receive? If she couldnt even protect herself from the bullying she endured, what were the chances that she would be able to protect a child put in a similar situation? Being a school bus monitor these days involves more than just making sure children dont forget their lunches or their backpacks. The job requires protecting the safety and well-being of all the children who board.
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Nobody should be a school bus monitor. If riders cannot behave appropriately, then they should be prohibited from riding. If this means their parents have to make other transportation arrangements or other education arrangements, so be it.
C’mon... “training”? to be a school bus monitor? Really? Gee, maybe we should set up a Federal program to handle this. Great idea!!!
And how exactly could she protect herself? She’s not allowed to touch the little angels. She has no authority. They know any threat is idle. This poor lady was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong kids, and I doubt there is anything she could have done to defuse it.
I suspect that any effort to assert her “authority” over those hooligans would have landed Klein in hot water with school officials—if not in court facing a lawsuit from aggrieved parents. What the commentator does not get—though the 7th graders on her bus understood it perfectly—is that no one has “authority” in the public schools anymore: not principals, not teachers, and certainly not bus monitors. They are politically correct zoos run by the animals who prowl within them.
The kids are being brainwashed in government schools to hate fat people.
Almost a half century ago, our pastor took a call to another church & left. One of the congregation members took up teaching the Confirmation class and I was in that class. This guy (still alive) is the nicest, most decent human being in the world (think marshmallow in appearance, too), but he could not handle the class. The boys were awful - talking while he was teaching, being rude & disrespectful, etc. Then, we got an interim pastor ... a former Chaplain & I believe a Marine. He walked in with his 'buzz' haircut, military bearing, and ice-blue eyes that could stare a hole through a brick wall. He never had to say a word to those boys .... who were instantly the most respectful, attentive, quiet kids ever to warm a seat in Confirmation class.
Imagine if she had physically touched or restrained any of the kids. In today’s politically correct world, she would be facing criminal charges of assuault or worse.
In today’s politically correct world, it would not matter what had been said or done by the kids to provoke her into some reaction. She would be facing criminal charges anyway.
What does a bus monitor do anyway? Just watch the kids and yell at them if somebody gets out of line? How much special “training” would be involved training for such a job? Sounds like a bureaucratic position for someone, to train the bus monitors of the nation in proper procedure.
Don’t know your age, but, back in my day, there was no such job as a school bus monitor. But things were different back in the day, in lots of ways................
In a less PC world, Alice “fist of death” from Dilbert would be a good role model for bus drivers and/or monitors. ;-)
Qualifications? She’s a mother & a grandmother.
there are two basic problems IMO:
1. parents who condone children out of control
2. schools which condone such behavior and encourage lack of respect for authority. That is a major reason they can not keep good teachers in urban schools - it all goes hand in hand!
to sum it up - liberalism is the problem!!!
The idea that a government is going to take kids and put them on a big yellow bus to transport them to a government-run "education facility" every day would have made this country's founding fathers vomit.
“Nobody should be a school bus monitor. If riders cannot behave appropriately, then they should be prohibited from riding. If this means their parents have to make other transportation arrangements or other education arrangements, so be it.”
It’s interesting to see reactions of liberals and conservatives to this incident.
Liberals are full of angst and hand wringing about how this sort of thing can happen. Liberals are full of the angst of why these kids seem undisciplined and out of control. Liberals do not know why this sort of thing can happen.
Conservatives know full well that the lack of discipline, “liberal” standards of recent years, are what has caused the environment in which this happens.
Actually liberals and conservatives talk past each other on this one. Conservatives know full well why this happened, and what the solution to this would be. Liberals have no clue how this happens, or how to deal with it.
Yet, liberals created this world in which there are no effective punishments for kids, a world in which it’s against the law for anyone in authority to physically touch or physicially restrain a kid for wrongdoing. And it’s a world in which the kids know full well that there are no consequences for things that they do. So the bar is lowered, and kids push the envelope more and more.