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(Slate)   Riding on the school bus has always been a hellish experience, so why did it take a bullied elderly bus monitor before anyone took notice?   (slate.com) divider line 162
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2012-06-24 05:56:32 PM  
They remind me of a bunch of fark trolls. The nicer one that is
 
2012-06-24 06:18:09 PM  
Because no one F*CKING CARES!
 
2012-06-24 06:20:43 PM  
I couldn't afford a car and rode the bus all twelve years. fark school buses and everyone on them.

/metaphorically, of course.
 
2012-06-24 06:21:09 PM  
Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.
 
2012-06-24 06:21:57 PM  
with all the unemployment there must be a few moms & dads (or grand-parents) with armed services backgrounds that could visit the bus for a week. they'll put the fear of FSM into those kids.

/teachers deserve combat pay
//because your children are animals
 
2012-06-24 06:22:32 PM  
Since when has it been a hellish experience? You meet some interesting people on the bus.
Guess it depends on where you live & if you think you're too good to mingle with the mentally challenged.
But you are on Fark sooooo...
 
2012-06-24 06:23:18 PM  
If a gay teenager gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he deserved it for being gay.

If a wimpy kid gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he needs to learn to grow a pair.

If a fat kid gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he needs to learn to be fat somewhere else.

If an old lady gets made fun of on the bus - RESPECT YOUR ELDERS!
 
2012-06-24 06:25:10 PM  
who cares if people are made fun of.

i was made fun of for being fat by kids fatter than me. and i wasn't even fat!
 
2012-06-24 06:28:06 PM  
This is "Tipping Point" stuff. Hence, the outrage.

Also, I had really hot Thai soup last night and now I'm having epic burning hot ass trouble.
 
2012-06-24 06:29:32 PM  

mike4688: Since when has it been a hellish experience? You meet some interesting people on the bus. Guess it depends on where you live & if you think you're too good to mingle with the mentally challenged.
But you are on Fark sooooo...


I rode the bus from kindergarten through 5th grade, and have pretty good memories of bus rides due to the fact that the bus driver, Rocco ("Rocco Taco") was a cool guy who often sang "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" [honk honk] and other songs while driving us kids to and from school. I don't recall any bullying going on. Then again, this was during the late 1960s/early 1970s, and things were different back then.

/freakin' old
//if I had a lawn, I'd tell you to stay off of it
 
2012-06-24 06:30:18 PM  
pussies
 
2012-06-24 06:30:45 PM  
Jerry Sandusky verbally abused me on the bus.
 
2012-06-24 06:34:21 PM  
Riding on the bus was fine and dandy until middle school. Then it became a big yellow hellbus.
 
2012-06-24 06:34:32 PM  

mike4688: Since when has it been a hellish experience? You meet some interesting people on the bus.
Guess it depends on where you live & if you think you're too good to mingle with the mentally challenged.
But you are on Fark sooooo...


Come to Seattle. The King County Metro buses are the #1 place to be actively crazy!
 
2012-06-24 06:34:48 PM  

the_chief: Jerry Sandusky verbally abused me on the bus.


He gave you a tongue lashing?
 
2012-06-24 06:36:45 PM  

KrispyKritter: with all the unemployment there must be a few moms & dads (or grand-parents) with armed services backgrounds that could visit the bus for a week. they'll put the fear of FSM into those kids.

/teachers deserve combat pay
//because your children are animals


I'm liking this idea....

24.media.tumblr.com

/ If I had my way, I'd forcibly send the parents to screamed at by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman as well...
 
2012-06-24 06:37:29 PM  
I sometimes wonder if I grew up in a good location and school district where there wasn't much bullying, there was some just not to me and I was oblivious to other bullying, or people tried to bully me too and I just didn't notice.

Apart from the lack of glasses I'd say I was a pretty stereotypical bully target...
 
2012-06-24 06:38:51 PM  
I got kicked off the school bus once. I would go to the very back of the bus with my skateboard then sit on said skateboard and wait for the driver to brake at a red light or stop sign. At *just* the right moment I'd let go of the seats and would go hurtling down the aisle. I got away with it until someone stuck a broom handle in my path. Skateboard broke the broom and I gained some measure of lift.

Good times. Worth riding my bike for the next week.
 
2012-06-24 06:39:54 PM  

Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.


and then they put it on youtube so the whole world could see.
 
2012-06-24 06:40:25 PM  
Bullied on a bus wouldn't happen if the drivers, monitors had some authority, like kick the little ass wipe off the bus and make them walk the rest of the way. Was a time when you would be in deep shiat if mom, or worse yet, dad found out you were being a jerk.
I'm old and had my share of "dope slaps" for farking up.
 
2012-06-24 06:41:38 PM  

reillan: If a gay teenager gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he deserved it for being gay.

If a wimpy kid gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he needs to learn to grow a pair.

If a fat kid gets made fun of on the bus - meh, he needs to learn to be fat somewhere else.

If an old lady gets made fun of on the bus - RESPECT YOUR ELDERS!


This.

I had to deal with quite a bit of teasing and such during my years on the bus on par with what this lady went through. I got through it by developing a thick skin and just dealing with it. Nobody made it a national news issue, let alone getting nearly half a million dollars in donations and letters of support and apologies.
 
2012-06-24 06:41:39 PM  
She's got $649,000 worth of donations so far and it's still climbing....she will never have go thru that hell ever again!
 
2012-06-24 06:41:57 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: KrispyKritter: with all the unemployment there must be a few moms & dads (or grand-parents) with armed services backgrounds that could visit the bus for a week. they'll put the fear of FSM into those kids.

/teachers deserve combat pay
//because your children are animals

I'm liking this idea....

[24.media.tumblr.com image 400x300]

/ If I had my way, I'd forcibly send the parents to screamed at by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman as well...


Buncha jack wagons, the whole lot of 'em.
 
2012-06-24 06:42:03 PM  
On the bright side she can wipe away those tears with hundreds now.

A fundraising website intended to pay for her to go on vacation has raised over $500,000 from people around the world
 
2012-06-24 06:42:12 PM  

Rann Xerox: the_chief: Jerry Sandusky verbally abused me on the bus.

He gave you a tongue lashing?


What Sandusky did is no big deal, guys have been smacking asses, whipping with towels, and anally raping each other in the locker room for years, it's just part of football. Boys will be boys. Oral sex is gay, though.
 
2012-06-24 06:43:36 PM  

rwfan: Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.

and then they put it on youtube so the whole world could see.


Yup. These 2 sentences pretty much sums up what distinguishes this from 99.9% of crap that goes on on school buses every day.
 
2012-06-24 06:45:54 PM  
On the bullying note, it is always convenient to be bigger and faster and 3X stronger than the bullies. I lucked out on the gene thing :) In such a circumstance, one can usually say "stop it" and it stops.

In the rare case it doesn't stop, then things get fun!
 
2012-06-24 06:46:33 PM  

Vidwiz: She's got $649,000 worth of donations so far and it's still climbing....she will never have go thru that hell ever again!


that'll buy lots of food (minus exercise)
 
2012-06-24 06:48:02 PM  
I think this situation goes a little further than typical bullying in another respect, too. Teasing a fat kid is one thing, screaming at a grandma that you hope her kid commits suicide? (and as near as we can tell, doing this completely unprovoked and seemingly just for the pleasure of it)...that crosses a line into farking sadism.
 
2012-06-24 06:48:52 PM  

Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.


Probably. I can see some kid thinking to himself "yeah, join the club grandma. That happens to me once a week and no one gives a shiat. I don't get 5 dollars, much less 500,000,"

I'm assuming that this is far from isolated and that the target of many, many other sessions were other kids. How many times was the "fat kid", "the retard", the girl with 'big boobs', "dork", etc. relentlessly tormented like this?
 
2012-06-24 06:52:21 PM  
Because now everybody has a video recorder in their pocket and a worldwide distribution network where the videos can be shown.

/kids can be exceptionally vicious and cruel.
 
2012-06-24 06:54:09 PM  
You know what's worse than bullying? Getting killed.
 
2012-06-24 06:54:51 PM  

kid_icarus: I think this situation goes a little further than typical bullying in another respect, too. Teasing a fat kid is one thing, screaming at a grandma that you hope her kid commits suicide? (and as near as we can tell, doing this completely unprovoked and seemingly just for the pleasure of it)...that crosses a line into farking sadism.


maybe she should get her kid some help if he has problems?
 
2012-06-24 06:55:30 PM  

pedrop357: Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.

Probably. I can see some kid thinking to himself "yeah, join the club grandma. That happens to me once a week and no one gives a shiat. I don't get 5 dollars, much less 500,000,"

I'm assuming that this is far from isolated and that the target of many, many other sessions were other kids. How many times was the "fat kid", "the retard", the girl with 'big boobs', "dork", etc. relentlessly tormented like this?


What's the point of having her on the bus in the first place if she had absolutely zero authority? She should have been able to take down names, report them to the school, and have them kicked off the bus for a period of time. That should be the end of it. If the kids keep misbehaving, kick them off the bus permanently.

I remember once on my bus, some of the kids started giving the substitute driver a hard time and wouldn't stop. Her reaction? Skip dropping us off at home and drive us to the police station. Having a cop ride along the rest of the route sure worked well to shut up all the trouble makers for many bus rides to follow.
 
2012-06-24 06:56:19 PM  
I'd like to feel sorry for this woman but she got a job riding on a school bus. For those of you who never rode the bus its like being on a mobile zoo where the animals haven't been fed for a couple of weeks.

I had the grandson of a famous author (who was 3 years older than me) and his friend the drug dealer sit on my head and fart. I was under 5 feet and the were both 6'3" or 6'4". Of course I punched one of them in nuts, which of course got me beat up. They also never farted on my head again.

Anyway if granny can't handle the animals (which apparently was her job) she shouldn't be on the god damned bus.

So no, I don't feel sorry for her. By the same token the kids should be soundly spanked and thrown off the bus.
 
2012-06-24 07:01:24 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut: KrispyKritter: with all the unemployment there must be a few moms & dads (or grand-parents) with armed services backgrounds that could visit the bus for a week. they'll put the fear of FSM into those kids.

/teachers deserve combat pay
//because your children are animals

I'm liking this idea....

[24.media.tumblr.com image 400x300]

That's what I came for, thanks!

/bring back the paddle

/ If I had my way, I'd forcibly send the parents to screamed at by Gunnery Sergeant Hartman as well...

 
2012-06-24 07:02:59 PM  
this wouldn't have happened if there was no cell phone video camera on the bus. ban all recording devices from school.
 
2012-06-24 07:04:24 PM  

rwfan: Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.

and then they put it on youtube so the whole world could see.


YouTube: Helping to convict dumbasses since 2005.
 
2012-06-24 07:05:31 PM  
I never rode the bus in middle school, when things are the most like riding with Torquemada, but I had enough abuse during school hours that I can imagine what it must be like. I actually looked forward to the high school bus, though; an incredibly gorgeous girl I had the hots for always saved me a seat next to her and we chatted on the way. By then, it seems most people had the cruelty ironed out of their systems and just spent the trip talking or reading, catching up on last minute homework, etc., except the few stoners and metalheads in the back seats, and they never hurt anyone.
 
2012-06-24 07:07:47 PM  
The bully on our bus was a 4th grader, he made up names for nearly nearly everyone and would yell them out the window as you were getting off the bus. He tormented one overweight girl so much she finally quit riding. The bus driver wouldn't say a word and no one could do anything about it because it you're in high school and you punch a little kid in the face they lock you up. It might have been worth it though...little bastard.
 
2012-06-24 07:09:06 PM  
I don't recall their ever being Bus Monitors on the buses when I grew up. It was the driver and a camera that almost never worked. That was it. When did this bus monitor business start?
 
2012-06-24 07:09:41 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: rwfan: Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.

and then they put it on youtube so the whole world could see.

YouTube: Helping to convict dumbasses since 2005.


From what I understand the dumbasses posted the video on facebook for their friends to see. Someone in their school saw it, uploaded it to youtube, and then posted it to reddit to shame them.
 
2012-06-24 07:09:50 PM  
When I was riding the bus to school, we didn't have a bus monitor. If things became unruly, the bus driver would just pull off the road, turn the engine off, and just look up into that big rectangular mirror. And we'd just sit there until it got so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The driver never had to say anything to get the crap to stop. Sitting there on the side of the road -- not going home or to school -- was incentive enough.
 
2012-06-24 07:09:51 PM  
So, does she get to keep all that cash? That's one hell of a payday for some insults. I wish I could hit the jackpot like that.
 
2012-06-24 07:10:12 PM  
She's a substitute there's no substitute for....
 
2012-06-24 07:11:05 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-24 07:11:16 PM  

elbandito: ArcadianRefugee: rwfan: Lorelle: Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.

and then they put it on youtube so the whole world could see.

YouTube: Helping to convict dumbasses since 2005.

From what I understand the dumbasses posted the video on facebook for their friends to see. Someone in their school saw it, uploaded it to youtube, and then posted it to reddit to shame them.


Same thing. :)
 
2012-06-24 07:11:36 PM  

Hector Felix: So, does she get to keep all that cash? That's one hell of a payday for some insults. I wish I could hit the jackpot like that.


I tend to see it not so much of a jackpot as a referendum. Nice wad, though.
 
2012-06-24 07:12:42 PM  

buckler: I never rode the bus in middle school, when things are the most like riding with Torquemada, but I had enough abuse during school hours that I can imagine what it must be like. I actually looked forward to the high school bus, though; an incredibly gorgeous girl I had the hots for always saved me a seat next to her and we chatted on the way. By then, it seems most people had the cruelty ironed out of their systems and just spent the trip talking or reading, catching up on last minute homework, etc., except the few stoners and metalheads in the back seats, and they never hurt anyone.


www.jonathanrosenbaum.com

I don't know, he'd be a hoot to ride a bus with.... If you're Catholic!

/Not Catholic
 
2012-06-24 07:16:21 PM  
I touched boobs for the first time on the bus. I had a good experience
 
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