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2012-06-24 06:21:57 PM  
4 votes:
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
GCD
2012-06-24 10:58:47 PM  
3 votes:
I swear to the FSM that we had the real-life Otto Mann as our bus driver in school.

The guy installed his own CD player and speakers in the bus and regularly cranked up Metallica, White Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, the Offspring and virtually whatever else the metalheads and punks brought him first thing in the morning. It was great!

The guy also drove like a maniac bat-out-of-hell, took short-cuts and once got in trouble for intentionally fishtailing in a mall parking lot (with a full load of kids) during a snow storm. No one on the bus ratted him out, we thought it kicked ass...it was someone that worked at the mall called it in.

Paper ball fights were a regular occurrence and we actually had a snowball fight ON the bus once...and his only issue was when he got pegged in the back of the head (Response: "Not while I'm driving guys, please!") and we also got him in trouble when we stuck a rather inappropriate bumper sticker on the bus and it was spotted by some local politician who got all butt-hurt over it.

He wouldn't tolerate any bullying either...but it really never happened as everyone was having a helluva good time on there.

/miss the 89.
//Wonder what Brian is doing these days?
2012-06-24 07:32:24 PM  
3 votes:
Who are these people that are still donating money to this woman? At this point there has to be better uses for that money.
2012-06-24 07:23:29 PM  
3 votes:
I drive a school bus, and i have high, middle, and grade school students onboard. I would have to say that the most trouble i have is with the middle school. No respect, constant fighting issues, cursing, throwing things at each other, out the bus windows, etc..you get the picture. No, it's not a great fun time, but I from the start made it clear that if they started their shiat, i would turn the bus right around and drop them right back at the school i picked them up at. If they were violent, i would stop the bus and have the police take them off. I only had to do that a few times and the little heathens learned that i wasn't farking around.
2012-06-24 07:09:50 PM  
3 votes:
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 06:48:52 PM  
3 votes:

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?
2012-06-25 02:14:01 AM  
2 votes:
There was an entry on the late great lowbrow.com by a fellow that had been bullied on the school bus as a child until the day he enlisted the Jalapeno Army to protect him. He brought a small box with several jalapeno peppers that had toothpicks for arms and legs. His tormentors immediately seized and smashed his jalapenos, but their cruel laughter turned to shrieks of agony after they touched their eyes and faces with their hot pepper juice-covered hands. I recollect that one or two required hospitalization.

i.imgur.com
2012-06-24 10:48:09 PM  
2 votes:

Welfare Xmas: Alphakronik: I would stand up and break the farkers nose (and cheekbone once).

Dumb ass, soft tissue damage can cause just as much pain and provides much less evidence.


Have you ever been punched in the nose?

I only had to handle this one time. Pick one out of the group and beat his damn nose to a pulp. Don't worry about the others just focus on one and tear his ass up at all cost. Take your punishment and never have to worry about it again. There may be strength in numbers, but nobody wants to be that one guy. I got suspended for a week, and spent the next four years in peace.
2012-06-24 10:46:07 PM  
2 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: Maybe it's a hellish experience in some places nowadays, but it wasn't when I was a child, nor was it a hellish experience for my son when he rode the school bus for a few years back when he was in elementary school.


Fact is, bullying is going down. Kids, decade after decade, feel safer than ever. Not that it doesn't happen a lot, but most of what you're seeing on the news is just a bandwagon.
2012-06-24 10:15:16 PM  
2 votes:

GreatBunzinni: NeoCortex42: 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.

Just because it sucked to be you and no one bothered to fix it it doesn't mean that it is acceptable to let others experience the same or even worse problems you've experienced.

Think about it. You only had to endure that because at that time no one else bothered to point out how wrong it was. Now, its your turn to decide if you point out how wrong that is, or if you turn a blind eye and be a part in perpetuating this sort of uncivilized behaviour. Its your choice.


Oh, I agree that what happened was horrible. I think the kids involved should be punished harshly. I just think getting over half a mil for dealing with some taunting, regardless of how harsh, is a bit much. Now if that money ends up being donated in her name to some anti-bullying program or something, then great. But getting that much money for putting up with kids she was hired to be keeping on eye on anyway? I can't agree with that.
2012-06-24 10:07:26 PM  
2 votes:

Well Armed Sheep: balki1867: There was this kid on my middle school bus who used to get the crap kicked out of him on a regular basis. He was smart enough to sit right next to the bus driver on the way to/from school (they don't do much, but the kids causing the problems were sitting in the back), but the walk from the stop to his house had to be pure hell for the kid. I know his parents went to the school about it at one point and the county basically said, "Once he's off the bus its not our problem." His parents started driving him to school and eventually moved him to another school altogether.

Whenever there's a shoot shooting, I'm always surprised how shocked some people act about that those things happen. That kid was in about as hopeless a situation I could imagine, and everyone knew exactly what was going on.

This. I explained this to my high school home room/biology class just after Columbine while we were having an in-class discussion of what had happened and how people felt about it. I had to go talk to the resource officer, and the councillor. They both found me reasonable. My teacher did too. Some of the kids started calling me "columbine," though. By that point I really didn't give a rat's rear about what any of them said or thought. One of my friends and I were anonymously accused of planning to kill people. They expelled him "just, you know, as a safety precaution. Que have to put the safety of all our students first", and would have expelled me too if my dad hadn't shown up with a lawyer.


I was an orchestra/computer/theater tech nerd in a jock high school (one of my classmates went on to play QB in a Super Bowl). Years later, while watching the carnage at Columbine on tv, I was surprised to hear a small quiet voice inside me say, "Twelve dead jocks. And the problem is......?"

And as usual, the Onion said it better than I could.
2012-06-24 10:00:49 PM  
2 votes:

ThatDarkFellow: Well Armed Sheep: The school bus was a living hell I had to walk into every day. I was teased and taunted, cornered and ridiculed, but that was nothing out of the ordinary. No, it was the beatings. I had to go to the hospital more than once from what they did. It was the freedom from observation by responsible adults that allowed them to do it. The worst was textbooks to the head and face from behind, or maybe being beaten with multiple backpacks full of stuff. They broke my nose and knocked out two teeth once. I got stitches across my hairline from a binder when I was eight. The first time I ever had a broken hand was when when they shoved me down into the floorboards and stomped on me. I didn't realise what a concussion was until a teacher saw me lose balance, and took me to the nurse.

But the worst part were the bus drivers. Anytime anything happened I got written up. See, the problem was that the bus driver believed that 'it takes two to tango,' and also believed the majority of people involved. So because three kids would say 'he started it,' I had started it. Sometimes I was the only one punished. They'd also throw things from behind me at the driver and blame it on me, so the driver hated me and was perfectly willing to believe I was a monster.

Kind of a self-fulfilling thing. By middle school my grandfather had trained me in streetfighting, improvising weapons and the tactic of 'make it more painful and scary to attack you than it could possibly be worth. Hurt them. Maul them. Maim them. If absolutely necessary, Kill them rather than letting them kill you.' I became a farking terror to anyone who laid a hand on me, to the point that I still freak out and get angry (then run away to calm down before I go off) when a coworker touches me, even if it's just a hand on my arm to keep me from stepping into their way. I wish I could stop, but it sets off the adrenaline, and the fear, and the rage.

You sound like a dick


So do you. Don't touch me, and we're good.
2012-06-24 08:02:00 PM  
2 votes:

NeoCortex42: 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.


This squared.

She was paid to be there and she gets half a million in sympathy money because some kids talked to her rudely. If she couldn't handle that, she damned well wasn't providing any deterrent as a "bus monitor."

Maybe if she'd gotten beaten up while the driver was "busy driving the bus and didn't see anything," I'd attempt to feel some sympathy for her. No, maybe I'd feel sympathy if she got suspended for "fighting" as a result of being a key participant (to wit, victim) in said beat-down. Yes, yes I would. I'd feel the exact same sympathy that people did when it was me. That's fair, right?
2012-06-24 08:01:45 PM  
2 votes:
Dumb: Not giving granny the power to actually do something, anything.

Slightly dumber: Granny whining about it. She picked the job, she knew the up and coming terrorists and fry cooks were going to be a problem right? Right?

Weapons grade farking stupid: The morans posting the video to YT.


This is why my daughter is enrolled in Tae Kwan Do and Kumdo (sword fighting, which I learned too). It's not to learn how to carve someone into little pieces but to give her the confidence and discipline to endure any bullies that come her way. Now, if one of them should happen to cross that line so be it. She knows very well fighting is used only when every other alternative has been exhausted.
2012-06-24 07:41:57 PM  
2 votes:
If bullying is acceptable, then there better not be any complaints when bullies get hurt. Otherwise, bullying is not acceptable, and people targeted by a bully have recourse to authority to end the bullying.

Oh, yeah, one more thing... people who have been abused and are messed up from it, and are susceptible to lashing out with abusive behavior, these people need to be helped. If they can ask for the help then they should get that help.
2012-06-24 07:09:51 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:48:02 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:41:38 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:40:25 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:39:54 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:34:21 PM  
2 votes:
Riding on the bus was fine and dandy until middle school. Then it became a big yellow hellbus.
2012-06-24 06:29:32 PM  
2 votes:

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 06:23:18 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:21:09 PM  
2 votes:
Because the little bastards were bullying a grandma.
2012-06-25 01:39:55 PM  
1 votes:
Don't feel too sorry for this old tard...

Her own comments "I just want to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else." How? By not pressing charges?!
2012-06-25 10:34:57 AM  
1 votes:
Is this where we share bus horror stories?

There was a meth-lab/cheap apartment two blocks from where I lived when I was in middle school. Bus stopped right in front of it, and a small horde of kids came out. Seriously, the first day of school, the bus was full (seats are supposed to be 2 kids to a seat, but most had 4, and the driver had to leave kids there and call for backup.

Crowded bus. one adult. Not good.

Since I have a Fark handle, you already know what you need to about me. I was the quiet, meek kid who wasn't able to defend himself adequately, wore glasses, and was generally picked on already. What made it worse was the mandatory alphabetical order seating, which left me near the back of the bus, away from my friends, and right in front of a kid who regularly got suspended for spitting on people.

It got so bad I ended up spending three years of middle school lying and telling the kids my parents beat me up so they'd feel bad and leave me alone, because these farkers heads were so far up their arses that they didn't recognize the bruises that they themselves had caused me.

I don't normally wish ill on anyone, and I rarely ever have since, but damn I hope those particular jerkwads each got a nice job digging ditches in the desert. It gives me some satisfaction to learn that all bus rides are hell, not just the one i had to put up with.
2012-06-25 07:55:42 AM  
1 votes:
I rode the bus all 12 years, from the mid-60's to 1978. I saw all sorts of things, from the usual 30 second fight, to drugs changing hands, to weapons (one tough put a 10" combat knife to my throat), to girls being groped and sexually abused (I'd call guys holding a screaming girl down and putting their hands in her shirt and pants abuse, wouldn't you?).

This was a typical bus in rural TN. All my friends had simlar experiences riding the bus. The drivers would haul anyone acting up too much into the office at school, and they'd get thrown off the bus for a few days, or sit at the front for a while, but it never really stopped anything. They'd stop what they were doing if he stopped the bus and got out of his seat, but that was about it.

/had a few fights on the bus myself
//didn't start them
///ended them though
2012-06-25 03:57:09 AM  
1 votes:
Drivers and bus monitors, by contrast, have in the past rarely been able to do anything in response to bad behavior.

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Dumb: Not giving granny the power to actually do something, anything.

This started in the 80's -- around the time that Yuppies began suing everyone for any reason and, along with the entire medical institution, schools became targets. Soon, schools basically couldn't do anything to enforce their rules for fear of being dragged into lawsuits. Teachers couldn't lay a hand on a kid so by the time the Great Sexual Offender Period arrived, they knew they could get adults in major trouble with no consequences at all for lying or initiating an incident.

My niece was in grade school and came home HORRIFIED because a TEACHER and DARED to grab a verbally disruptive boy and FORCE HIM TO SIT DOWN! This was third grade. The teacher didn't back hand the little bastige, just forced his babbling arse to sit down. Even by then, my niece KNEW teachers SHOULDN'T lay a hand on a student.

When I was in third grade, if you didn't listen, the teacher would slam you down in your chair, make you stand in a corner and/or drag your arse down to the principal, who had the authority to paddle you.

The bus thing never was real good, even though my grade school bus driver had no problems with slamming on the brakes and dragging a kid to the 'punishment seat' where he could keep an eye on him. He also had the authority to kick a kid off the bus. With no cell phones, busses were equipped with short wave radios and he could call the office and request a cop.

Afterwards, he reported PIA kids to the principal, who called their parents and THEIR PARENTS kicked the kids arses. At least, until some time in the 80's, when someone decided to pass laws making it an arrest able offense to swat your kid.

After that, kids just went wild.

When I was in school, especially Senior High, I got tired of all of the noise and fuss on the bus and the inevitable harassment. (No driver could pay attention to everything and safely drive the bus.) So I rode my bike the four miles to school.

I wasn't alone. The bike racks were crowded. Oddly enough, the worst bullies seemed too lazy to ride bikes.

I recall an epiphany I had on the bus one day. There was a bunch of ribbing going on along with the usual baiting, and in the next seat was this cute girl I had been in first and second grades with. She had always been a sweet thing. Someone asked me if I knew her and I said 'I had her in first grade' which promptly led to a whole bunch of suggestive jeering at me, including sexual innuendo. Some boy asked the girl if I'd 'had her' if first grade and her whole face changed as she snarled 'yuck! No!' and added 'I'd never want HIM'.

That led to even higher levels of verbal abuse, sexual innuendo and questions concerning my sexual orientation.

I recall being somewhat stunned by the way this nice, sweet kid I recalled had not only responded, but how her pretty face had twisted into a mask of disgust. We had played together in school. I had fended off the usual occasional dumb kid trying to bother shy little her. We had shared snacks!

Of course, by then, being a teen, she was no longer dressing like a shy little girl, but she was still cute and I had not heard her join in the usual annoying harassment.

The 80's pulled the teeth on a whole lot of authority as lawyers dragged people into court for the stupidest reasons ranging from speaking badly to their kids to assault if a teacher grabbed a kid by the arm.

One guy broke up a fight between kids on his lawn and the Dad of the kid who was LOOSING drove up later and snarled at him, telling him if he EVER TOUCHED his kid again, he'd have him arrested and sue him.

The guy should have just let the kid get his arse beat.

So, now, in the 2000's, we get to reap the results of the freaking morons and idiots from the 80's who sued everyone until ridiculous laws were enacted mainly to keep folks from getting expensively sued.

In trying to protect their kids, they actually made it so much easier for their kids to get injured by other kids as adults stood around, not knowing if they dared to get involved or not.

When you blur the boundaries between right and wrong, chaos can surge in to fill the gap.
2012-06-25 01:29:00 AM  
1 votes:
Because when a kid does it to a kid, it's just bullying, man up nancy boy, but the same actions towards an adult are a crime.

This is what people actually believe. Fark threads are full of it.
2012-06-25 12:38:39 AM  
1 votes:
The bus situation was bad in the 70's and is still bad now. it's a variation on ITG syndrome, where over-indulged, non-disciplined kids feel enabled to act out on the bus because the driver is preoccupied, witnesses are intimidated or uninterested in narc'ing, and sight lines are poor.

Cameras don't do a thing to stop the bullying and bad behavior, unless the passengers see a direct and immediate connection between action and consequence. Only cameras watched by someone in real-time at the school have a chance of being effective deterrents. If camera recordings are checked at all today, it is after days or even weeks since the incident happened. SAme with city bus cameras: their recording are usually erased before a complainant can access the footage. Kids are not stupid: they observe that there is no consequence for a bad action, and that emboldens them. I felt the effects of this as a kid in the 70's, when I boarded a bus that had just one seat left open, but nobody would allow me to use it. The only seat left open was next to a bully who attacked me and broke my tooth punching me. We went to his home and confronted his dad, another d-bag, who refused to take any responsibility and even threatened to hit my dad right there. School admins did nothing at all. Bus company washed their hands. Only option was an expensive lawsuit we could not afford.


A couple years ago, my kids rode the city busses in town because they went to private school. I would drop them at the school on my way to work, they would take the bus home, accompanied my my wife. I had many stories from her about really bad characters on that bus. The stop before my kid's gradeschool, the city bus had a pick-up at the "alternative school" where all the expelled and problem kids were warehoused until graduation age. it was Lord Of The Flies on that bus, every day. One time, three late-teens sat across from my wife and 8 year old daughter, loudly discussing how they would go about raping the two of them, if they had the opportunity. When I got the story that night, I got mad enough to visit their school's principal, their in-house cop, AND the bus company, and between the four of us, we caused the school to crack down a bit on the bad kids, and change their bus route.

Monitors are the poorer district's answer to cameras. They can't afford cameras, so they hire someone at minimum wage to "observe and report". Usually they don't give the monitor a facebook to ID the miscreants, so it's hard to file charges without a positive ID. Why an old grandma? Well, for one thing, bus monitor hours don't fit most able-bodied working adult's schedules, and if the hours aren't a problem, the low pay is - it's basically a volunteer job. Also, grandmas pass the sexual predator check most easily. Easier than am un-employed 20 or 30-year-old man in good physical shape.

The monitors are not given authority to lay hands on a kid to break up a fight, or to take a kid off the bus before he reaches his destination. Dropping a kid off anywhere but his designated spot is grounds for firing and worse.

So kids without consequences will continue to do this shiat.
2012-06-25 12:20:16 AM  
1 votes:

Ima4nic8or: I dont remember school buses being all that bad when I was a kid but I can say that city buses suck. No matter how hard the gubment tries they will never get people to willingly use mass transit on a regular basis. For about 3 years in my younger days I rode the bus to work about 8 miles in San Jose. It was full of suck.


Don't write it off everywhere. I take the bus basically daily here in Madison (#1 bus system of it's size as of a week ago, woo!) and I almost never run into someone like that. Does depend on the route though.

I didn't even have an experience like yours when I was riding busses around San Francisco when I was there for a week-long visit.
2012-06-25 12:00:35 AM  
1 votes:
I dont remember school buses being all that bad when I was a kid but I can say that city buses suck. No matter how hard the gubment tries they will never get people to willingly use mass transit on a regular basis. For about 3 years in my younger days I rode the bus to work about 8 miles in San Jose. It was full of suck. There is no other way to describe it. For whatever reason the bus I was on attracted all the "special" folks. I have nothing against the retarded or mentally ill and totally respect the ones that try to contribute. That said, I dont particularly want to have a conversation with them at 5:30 in the morning when I am just out of bed and havent even had my coffee yet. Yet every damn one of them wanted to talk, about cows living on the moon, about their anal warts, about how there were cameras on the bus watching us and how the bus driver was spying on us for the government. I was so damn glad when I was finally able to buy my own car. I have almost never ridden mass transit since. Two trips on bart, numerous airport shuttles but that is it.
2012-06-24 11:48:52 PM  
1 votes:

Bathia_Mapes: Maybe it's a hellish experience in some places nowadays, but it wasn't when I was a child, nor was it a hellish experience for my son when he rode the school bus for a few years back when he was in elementary school.


The part you're missing is "middle school," which you will notice is also where most of the horror stories in this thread are coming from. Worst three years of most people's lives, full stop. Kids are at their dickiest, and administrators are at their most worthless (because 99% of the time, middle school administrators are wannabe high-school administrators who can't make the cut because they suck.).
2012-06-24 10:14:30 PM  
1 votes:

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!


What are you talking about? Every one of those is being covered these days. Anti-bullying is a huge bandwagon now.
2012-06-24 10:01:02 PM  
1 votes:

NeoCortex42: 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.


Just because it sucked to be you and no one bothered to fix it it doesn't mean that it is acceptable to let others experience the same or even worse problems you've experienced.

Think about it. You only had to endure that because at that time no one else bothered to point out how wrong it was. Now, its your turn to decide if you point out how wrong that is, or if you turn a blind eye and be a part in perpetuating this sort of uncivilized behaviour. Its your choice.
2012-06-24 09:34:30 PM  
1 votes:

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...


Wrong bus. You're thinking the bus that goes around cities, and I totally agree with you on that.

But yeah, actually...my school bus? My best memories are on that thing. My class went on a loooong field trip once per year. Friendships were built, crazy shiat happened, it was tons of fun.

'Course, I never bussed to and from school, which may explain it. Once is fun. Multiple times...kids are wild animals.
2012-06-24 09:22:08 PM  
1 votes:

miss diminutive: For $650,000 I'll let everyone in this thread call me fat a dozen times a day for a month.


Can I call you fat in ways that will make you break down crying every time? A dozen times a day?

If so, we can probably get a sponsor.
2012-06-24 08:54:43 PM  
1 votes:

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...


SCHOOL buses not city buses
2012-06-24 08:34:58 PM  
1 votes:
Her job was to act as a bus monitor and presumably protect kids. She shouldn't be attacked by these little monsters, but she should be replaced by someone who'll perform the function for which they're being paid. And before you say that she is given no authority: if the monitor has no power to exercise control, then what the hell is s/he there for? Is the monitor supposed to be like a UN "peacekeeping" force, i.e. a powerless punching bag placed between warring parties?
2012-06-24 08:20:56 PM  
1 votes:

cig-mkr: 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.


They did a cool (I thought) punishment for my nephew a couple years at his school for bus misbehavior.

Made him calculate how many laps around the track it would be to walk home, and walk it.
2012-06-24 08:15:16 PM  
1 votes:

NeoCortex42: 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.


See, this is the problem. Back when I was in school in the Olden Days, there was very little misbehavior on the bus. Our drivers had the authority and the ability to either kick kids off the bus, or to report it to the principal in the secure knowledge something would be done immediately. Being kicked off the bus when you live 15 miles from school and have no other means of transport except your extremely pissed-off parents was guaranteed to make kids behave.

Now, if the driver says "Please be quiet, please stop picking on Johnny," she's guaranteed of nothing but snotty kids telling her "You're not the boss of me!" and if she complains to the principal she'll get a lot of waffling from an administrator who is scared of hearing the parents threaten him with a lawsuit if little Billy isn't treated like royalty.
2012-06-24 08:12:14 PM  
1 votes:
Correction

A lot of us noticed a lot of years ago. It took this long for kids on the bus to be able to produce video evidence the GD Government-Mouthpiece MSM could no longer sweep under the rug. Thank you, cell-phone manufacturers.

Correct question is - why did it take this long for the godforsaken MSM to notice?
2012-06-24 08:00:33 PM  
1 votes:
I rode the school bus everyday for 8 and a half years and those years were pure utter torcher. Thank god I got to walk home alone.
2012-06-24 07:44:20 PM  
1 votes:

Moopy Mac: Who are these people that are still donating money to this woman? At this point there has to be better uses for that money.


this

also the person running the donation campaign really ought to stop taking donations
2012-06-24 07:44:07 PM  
1 votes:
But think about this another way: if she had kicked them off the bus, they probably wouldn't have posted the video and she would have been fired for making those precious snowflakes walk ALL the way home alone where they could have been enticed by a man in a van with candy and puppies. I don't really see a way this lady could have gotten out of this situation unscathed (ignoring for a second her newfound fortune). I feel terrible she had to deal with those monsters but she was the wrong choice for that job, find someone who can take the abuse and maybe dish it out as well.
2012-06-24 07:43:29 PM  
1 votes:
Welfare Xmas

Alphakronik: I would stand up and break the farkers nose (and cheekbone once).

Dumb ass, soft tissue damage can cause just as much pain and provides much less evidence.


Avoid making your target bleed, it looks bad.

/watch the way cops club people, they never go for the nose or mouth. Those leak too easily. Instead they go for the back, the gut, the junk, the knees, anywhere else where they can inflict serious damage without you bleeding for the TV cameras.
2012-06-24 07:40:15 PM  
1 votes:
There was this kid on my middle school bus who used to get the crap kicked out of him on a regular basis. He was smart enough to sit right next to the bus driver on the way to/from school (they don't do much, but the kids causing the problems were sitting in the back), but the walk from the stop to his house had to be pure hell for the kid. I know his parents went to the school about it at one point and the county basically said, "Once he's off the bus its not our problem." His parents started driving him to school and eventually moved him to another school altogether.

Whenever there's a shoot shooting, I'm always surprised how shocked some people act about that those things happen. That kid was in about as hopeless a situation I could imagine, and everyone knew exactly what was going on.
2012-06-24 07:28:19 PM  
1 votes:

Alphakronik: I would stand up and break the farkers nose (and cheekbone once).


Dumb ass, soft tissue damage can cause just as much pain and provides much less evidence.
2012-06-24 07:24:25 PM  
1 votes:
Simply put,


because when I would get picked on or assaulted, I would stand up and break the farkers nose (and cheekbone once).


It stops their behavior very quickly.
2012-06-24 07:24:03 PM  
1 votes:
I was that nice happy clowny kid with hidden anger issues (horrible home life). I was all fun and games until someone tried to bully me, and then I took it way too far. I pretty much only had problems once at each new school I attended, after that people knew better. Also I told really good jokes.
2012-06-24 07:19:46 PM  
1 votes:
My school bus kicked ass. I was in the gifted program, so long ride across whole district meant our driver only had two routes a day and a half full bus.. so ours was competitive and the dispatcher gave us the coolest drivers. Got a full box of chips when we were stuck next to a Frito Lay truck at a train crossing, played euchre, all had a vote on the radio station, we got to use the CB when we broke down at least yearly and the driver put out flares... good times.
2012-06-24 07:18:59 PM  
1 votes:

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!


Wow, yeah, you've really got your finger on the pulse of 21st Century America. Derp.
2012-06-24 07:16:21 PM  
1 votes:
I touched boobs for the first time on the bus. I had a good experience
2012-06-24 07:11:05 PM  
1 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com
2012-06-24 07:09:41 PM  
1 votes:

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 07:07:47 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:05:31 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:02:59 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:56:19 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:55:30 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:52:21 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:41:57 PM  
1 votes:

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 06:41:39 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:28:06 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:20:43 PM  
1 votes:
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 06:18:09 PM  
1 votes:
Because no one F*CKING CARES!
 
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