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(CBC)   News: Children on weekend bus road trip text parents about wintery road conditions. FARK: Parents immediately call 911 instead of the 11 adult chaperones on the bus   (cbc.ca) divider line 81
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2013-02-20 09:44:15 AM  
You can hear the "whomp whomp whomp" of the overhead blades from here!
 
2013-02-20 12:46:57 PM  
we are not helping kids, the need to be raised free range, toss a few into the wild and see who makes it back. build the next generation of leaders.
 
2013-02-20 12:48:14 PM  
Probably because they've seen this
i38.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-20 12:54:01 PM  
Parents have become complete farking retards. Having kids imparts some mental deficiency now. Calling 911 because of some snow in Canada? Congratulations, you've hit a new low in idiocy.

Parents, remember how when you were a kid your parents didn't do this shiat? See how you're still alive? That's not because of some extraordinary luck on your part.
 
2013-02-20 12:54:13 PM  
"They were concerned for the safety of the youth because they had been getting cell phone calls from youth saying that the roads were fairly hazardous and they were concerned for their children's safety," he said.

Call me old-fashioned, but I don't think youths should be having children.
 
2013-02-20 12:54:41 PM  
So Canadians can't handle driving in a little snow, eh?
 
2013-02-20 12:54:59 PM  
In high school I was on a charter bus that was being driven by someone who wasn't approved for commercial driving outside of New York (this was a trip back to Virginia) whose bus apparently wouldn't have passed inspection which it was already overdue for by a week. We had 2 tires blow out when we barely got out of NYC and spent 8 hours at a sheriff's station. I don't think anyone, even the the most immature of 9th graders on that trip, "freaked out" enough to want to call their parents. We just had one chaperone jump start a phone tree while we all hung out in the drunk tank reading Seventeen Magazine.

/css
 
2013-02-20 12:56:38 PM  
The wheels on the bus went slip, slip, slip.
 
2013-02-20 12:57:16 PM  
I have to remind myself to stop doing things for my 5 year old. It's hard not to want to intervene when he has a problem.
Field trips are uncomfortable at first, but then I remember how much fun it was to be "bad" when I used to go on field trips without my parents. I don't want to take that away from him. Also, the odds of something fatal happening to him are probably lower than something happening to me, so I just tell him to have fun. It's not like I own the little guy.
 
2013-02-20 12:59:13 PM  
Did no one tell those parents or kids that it snows in Canada? Sometimes twice a year?
 
2013-02-20 01:01:47 PM  
I wonder how many of these parents have seen Finding Nemo with their kids without realizing the main message was aimed at them, the parents.
 
2013-02-20 01:04:27 PM  

Keeve: I wonder how many of these parents have seen Finding Nemo with their kids without realizing the main message was aimed at them, the parents.


The message, to them is: keep your kids close by or risk probable death. Especially if they are handycapped.
 
2013-02-20 01:05:07 PM  
spelling good gives me happyness
 
2013-02-20 01:05:59 PM  

fruitloop: So Canadians can't handle driving in a little snow, eh?


Yes - the over-reaction of a few helicopter parents is an indictment of the entire nation.

Nice typing, by the way. I'm assuming you're fat-fingered (morbidly obese) and eating with one hand - being a yank & all.
 
2013-02-20 01:06:43 PM  
Getting hit by our third snowstorm in ten days just across the Strait from N.B., so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

/freezing rain with this one, too.
 
2013-02-20 01:07:01 PM  
first mistake: giving kids cell phones.
 
2013-02-20 01:07:18 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Probably because they've seen this
[i38.photobucket.com image 343x475]



What a movie.
 
2013-02-20 01:07:44 PM  
I saw the CBC link and thought just great, now Canadians are acting like idiot parents. Then I saw it was Quebec and sighed relief that no real Canadians were involved.
 
2013-02-20 01:13:23 PM  

hitmanric: I saw the CBC link and thought just great, now Canadians are acting like idiot parents. Then I saw it was Quebec and sighed relief that no real Canadians were involved.


Alas... they were returning from Quebec.. they're from New Brunswick.
 
2013-02-20 01:14:25 PM  

oldfarthenry: Yes - the over-reaction of a few helicopter parents is an indictment of the entire nation.

Nice typing, by the way. I'm assuming you're fat-fingered (morbidly obese) and eating with one hand - being a yank & all.


Yes, the over-reaction of a few Fark posters is an indictment of the entire nation - of which they may not even be residents.

Nice bashing yourself in the head, by the way.  I'm assuming you're an idiot - being you, and all.
 
2013-02-20 01:15:04 PM  
My precious snowflake!

/no, literally...
 
2013-02-20 01:16:04 PM  

Master Sphincter: I have to remind myself to stop doing things for my 5 year old. It's hard not to want to intervene when he has a problem.
Field trips are uncomfortable at first, but then I remember how much fun it was to be "bad" when I used to go on field trips without my parents. I don't want to take that away from him. Also, the odds of something fatal happening to him are probably lower than something happening to me, so I just tell him to have fun. It's not like I own the little guy.


Actually you do own him.  Or at least my parents used to tell me that they owned me until I was financially responsible for myself and I would do what they said, or else.  They also used to tell me that they owned me and could sell me to the gypsies if I didn't behave.
They were always going to sell me to the gypsies.  That worked until I was about 8 years old and started thinking that the gypsies were probably very nice people and I would live a happy (but dirty) life with them in their covered wagon.
 
2013-02-20 01:17:14 PM  

oldfarthenry: fruitloop: So Canadians can't handle driving in a little snow, eh?

Yes - the over-reaction of a few helicopter parents is an indictment of the entire nation.

Nice typing, by the way. I'm assuming you're fat-fingered (morbidly obese) and eating with one hand - being a yank & all.


Man it's cool Henry, I think he was just bein' facetious!

What a silly story though. A bunch of kids panic because they don't think they're safe. I think I remember some kids back in my youth that were like that. I'm thankful kids like that didn't have cell phones back then.
 
2013-02-20 01:23:11 PM  

WippitGuud: hitmanric: I saw the CBC link and thought just great, now Canadians are acting like idiot parents. Then I saw it was Quebec and sighed relief that no real Canadians were involved.

Alas... they were returning from Quebec.. they're from New Brunswick.


Odds are they may still have been french. At least not Quebec french.

/Manitoba french
//merde
 
2013-02-20 01:24:19 PM  
Shiat, If the school bus didn't slip into a ditch at least twice a year it was a down winter season.  Our bus driver was a retired farmer, dude could drive through everything...almost.
 
2013-02-20 01:24:46 PM  

GalFriday: Master Sphincter: I have to remind myself to stop doing things for my 5 year old. It's hard not to want to intervene when he has a problem.
Field trips are uncomfortable at first, but then I remember how much fun it was to be "bad" when I used to go on field trips without my parents. I don't want to take that away from him. Also, the odds of something fatal happening to him are probably lower than something happening to me, so I just tell him to have fun. It's not like I own the little guy.

Actually you do own him.


I tell myself that I am just helping him get fat enough, strong enough and not so-stupid enough to repeat the cycle of life.

I'd give him a vasectomy in his sleep if I knew how
 
2013-02-20 01:25:39 PM  
You have a generation of parents that were taught to fear everything. Who relied on parents protecting them from everything from a scraped knee because they were running on a playground surface that was to hard, to every passing car in their neihgborhood being a deviant sexual predator.
And now they are raising another generation of frighten humans.
This isn't a Canadian problem. Its happening everywhere.
 
2013-02-20 01:26:24 PM  
New Brunswick is Canada's only bilingual province.

\the more you know
 
2013-02-20 01:27:46 PM  

hitmanric: /Manitoba french
//merde


Always thought St Boniface was the weirdest place for a bunch of French people to decide to settle. Mind you, I said the same about anyone living in Winnipeg.

/used to live in Winnipeg.
 
2013-02-20 01:28:21 PM  
Rimouski
Miramichi

Thems don't sound like no normal American Canadian names.
 
2013-02-20 01:30:10 PM  

SMB2811: Parents have become complete farking retards. Having kids imparts some mental deficiency now. Calling 911 because of some snow in Canada? Congratulations, you've hit a new low in idiocy.

Parents, remember how when you were a kid your parents didn't do this shiat? See how you're still alive? That's not because of some extraordinary luck on your part.


Hello, parent here.  [adjusts pants on head]

I, for one, would have at least asked my kid "Well, have you talked to the bus driver and chaperones about it?" before freaking the fark out and calling the cops.  In my family we calmly confront the person we have a problem with and work it out right away to prevent it from escalating into a big passive-aggressive mess.

/Although, to be honest, my kids probably would have found the situation cool and adventurous, and started calling each other ancient Norse names and pretending they were embarking on some epic quest into a fantastical icy landscape instead of sending me panicky text messages in the first place.
 
2013-02-20 01:33:03 PM  
Oh my goodness!!! It snows in Canada... in the winter??? Truly emergency services were utilized correctly in this situation.
 
2013-02-20 01:34:03 PM  

Fark Rye For Many Whores: Rimouski
Miramichi
Thems don't sound like no normal American Canadian names.


Considering they're both First Nations words... they're very Americanadian.
 
2013-02-20 01:34:58 PM  
"I know what it's like to lose a child. I did lose one when he was six and a half years old and to me these children that I bring there are like my own children," Daigle added.

I would not be reassured by that if I was the parent of another kid.
 
2013-02-20 01:35:10 PM  

8Fingers: You have a generation of parents that were taught to fear everything. Who relied on parents protecting them from everything from a scraped knee because they were running on a playground surface that was to hard, to every passing car in their neihgborhood being a deviant sexual predator.
And now they are raising another generation of frighten humans.
This isn't a Canadian problem. Its happening everywhere.


www.globalnerdy.com
 
2013-02-20 01:43:13 PM  
Thos damn Americans and their snowflakes. Oh... Canada...
 
2013-02-20 01:46:21 PM  

HortusMatris: SMB2811: Parents have become complete farking retards. Having kids imparts some mental deficiency now. Calling 911 because of some snow in Canada? Congratulations, you've hit a new low in idiocy.

Parents, remember how when you were a kid your parents didn't do this shiat? See how you're still alive? That's not because of some extraordinary luck on your part.

Hello, parent here.  [adjusts pants on head]

I, for one, would have at least asked my kid "Well, have you talked to the bus driver and chaperones about it?" before freaking the fark out and calling the cops.  In my family we calmly confront the person we have a problem with and work it out right away to prevent it from escalating into a big passive-aggressive mess.

/Although, to be honest, my kids probably would have found the situation cool and adventurous, and started calling each other ancient Norse names and pretending they were embarking on some epic quest into a fantastical icy landscape instead of sending me panicky text messages in the first place.


You sound like a cool parent!
 
2013-02-20 01:49:27 PM  

GalFriday: Master Sphincter: I have to remind myself to stop doing things for my 5 year old. It's hard not to want to intervene when he has a problem.
Field trips are uncomfortable at first, but then I remember how much fun it was to be "bad" when I used to go on field trips without my parents. I don't want to take that away from him. Also, the odds of something fatal happening to him are probably lower than something happening to me, so I just tell him to have fun. It's not like I own the little guy.

Actually you do own him.  Or at least my parents used to tell me that they owned me until I was financially responsible for myself and I would do what they said, or else.  They also used to tell me that they owned me and could sell me to the gypsies if I didn't behave.
They were always going to sell me to the gypsies.  That worked until I was about 8 years old and started thinking that the gypsies were probably very nice people and I would live a happy (but dirty) life with them in their covered wagon.


Danny. the Champion of the World.
 
2013-02-20 01:58:39 PM  

GalFriday: HortusMatris: Hello, parent here.  [adjusts pants on head]

You sound like a cool parent!


I told my friends wearing pants on your head was in style now!

/thanks ;)
 
2013-02-20 02:00:51 PM  
www.seattlechildrens.org
 
2013-02-20 02:09:46 PM  

bniath: GalFriday: Master Sphincter:

Danny. the Champion of the World.


I don't know what that means.
 
2013-02-20 02:09:59 PM  
Snowflakes versus snowflakes
 
2013-02-20 02:20:24 PM  
ellenandjim.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-20 02:21:42 PM  

Obbi: A bunch of kids panic because they don't think they're safe. I think I remember some kids back in my youth that were like that.


I remember them. We would pull together to nurture those guys with supportive names like "spazoid," "pussy," and "gay bait," then give them a wedgie to take their minds off the danger.
 
2013-02-20 02:31:00 PM  

HortusMatris: 8Fingers: You have a generation of parents that were taught to fear everything. Who relied on parents protecting them from everything from a scraped knee because they were running on a playground surface that was to hard, to every passing car in their neihgborhood being a deviant sexual predator.
And now they are raising another generation of frighten humans.
This isn't a Canadian problem. Its happening everywhere.


Abe wasn't afraid of the cloud. He was just pissed at it for no good reason other than that it was there. That generation would have kicked the clouds ass! Not cower in fear of it.
 
2013-02-20 02:38:49 PM  
I wonder how many of those 12 year-olds have driven a bus through the snow.
 
2013-02-20 02:47:09 PM  

Fear the Clam: Obbi: A bunch of kids panic because they don't think they're safe. I think I remember some kids back in my youth that were like that.

I remember them. We would pull together to nurture those guys with supportive names like "spazoid," "pussy," and "gay bait," then give them a wedgie to take their minds off the danger.


And this.
/ would have been the target -- was a worry-wart child
 
2013-02-20 02:48:17 PM  

WippitGuud: Considering they're both First Nations words... they're very Americanadian.


I got schooled.
img842.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-20 02:50:44 PM  

GalFriday: bniath: GalFriday: Master Sphincter:

Danny. the Champion of the World.

I don't know what that means.


Kids' book/movie
 
2013-02-20 02:51:02 PM  

Dirtybird971: Did no one tell those parents or kids that it snows in Canada? Sometimes twice a year?


Is that when it stops for a few days in early August?
 
2013-02-20 02:53:00 PM  

Master Sphincter: spelling good gives me happyness


There is no i in happyness!
 
2013-02-20 02:53:18 PM  

8Fingers: Abe wasn't afraid of the cloud. He was just pissed at it for no good reason other than that it was there. That generation would have kicked the clouds ass! Not cower in fear of it.


Soooo... you're afraid of clouds?
 
2013-02-20 02:56:48 PM  

GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Snowflakes versus snowflakes


Oh man that woulda been a great headline for this lol
 
2013-02-20 03:02:45 PM  
To kids: STFU and STFD.
Parents: Don't call 911 when the situation is under control. You have qquestions, call those in charge of the damned trip.
Everyone: Don't be such pussies.

/Donner, party of 47?
 
2013-02-20 03:04:07 PM  

minoridiot: I wonder how many of those 12 year-olds have driven a bus through the snow.


This. 12 year olds are NOT experts when it comes to driving, much less in snowy weather.
 
2013-02-20 03:08:43 PM  
Meh. When I was bussed to my Jr. High (that's a "Middle School" to you whipersnappers) our route went along a cliff, below which lay the iced-up Missouri river. Many times the road would be snow-covered and icy, and I could see the death-grip of the bus driver's hands on the wheel as we slid downhill.

Good times, good times.
 
2013-02-20 03:19:56 PM  

banandar123: GlobalStrategic MapleSyrup Reserve: Snowflakes versus snowflakes

Oh man that woulda been a great headline for this lol


Agreed
 
2013-02-20 03:27:58 PM  

WippitGuud: hitmanric: /Manitoba french
//merde

Always thought St Boniface was the weirdest place for a bunch of French people to decide to settle. Mind you, I said the same about anyone living in Winnipeg.

/used to live in Winnipeg.


I still think that

/hopeful ex-winnipegger (eventually)


JohnnyCanuck: New Brunswick and Manitoba are Canada's only bilingual provinces.

\the more you know


FIFY
 
2013-02-20 03:35:39 PM  
The Weather Network hyping every snowfall as "Massive Storm Targets Atlantic Canada" doesn't help matters. Jon Stewart jokingly called it The Storm of the Century of the Week, but that is what winter has become up here. School districts cancel school at the mere mention of imperfect weather, so these kids may have never been on a bus in the snow.
 
2013-02-20 03:43:44 PM  

8Fingers: You have a generation of parents that were taught to fear everything. Who relied on parents protecting them from everything from a scraped knee because they were running on a playground surface that was to hard, to every passing car in their neihgborhood being a deviant sexual predator.
And now they are raising another generation of frighten humans.
This isn't a Canadian problem. Its happening everywhere.


Every time someone says "damn kids today", they should really be saying "damn, OUR kids today."
 
2013-02-20 03:45:45 PM  

minoridiot: I wonder how many of those 12 year-olds have driven a bus through the snow.


This was my thought as well.

When she was 12, my daughter tried to tell me how to drive in a given situation.

That never happened again.
 
2013-02-20 03:45:51 PM  
"I know what it's like to lose a child. I did lose one when he was six and a half years old and to me these children that I bring there are like my own children," Daigle added.

She has experience at losing kids, so...relax?
 
2013-02-20 03:58:21 PM  
KatjaMouse:  We just had one chaperone jump start a phone tree while we all hung out in the drunk tank reading Seventeen Magazine.

/css



Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's your father?
 
2013-02-20 03:59:48 PM  

good_2_go: The Weather Network hyping every snowfall as "Massive Storm Targets Atlantic Canada" doesn't help matters. Jon Stewart jokingly called it The Storm of the Century of the Week, but that is what winter has become up here. School districts cancel school at the mere mention of imperfect weather, so these kids may have never been on a bus in the snow.


This week, school was cancelled here in New Brunswick on Monday and today.  I think that makes at least an entire week of snow days just since Christmas and this winter has not been that horrible - one day it was cancelled due to it being cold outside that day.  My coworkers and I went to the mall at lunch and it seemed that lots of parents just dumped their kids at the mall for the day and went to work.  I wish teachers still had to go to school and do their prep/marking/planning work in the school rather than sleep/goof off at home all day and get paid - plus parents could have dropped their kids off at the school to be, in this case, babysat by that paid teacher who obviously wouldn't be teaching that day because some of the class would not be in attendance. But no, lots of parents lost wages to stay home with their kids because of a snow day where the whole business world doesn't grind to a screeching halt.  That is the government's fault for negotiating this with the unions.
 
2013-02-20 04:08:43 PM  
Irving
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The 142nd fasted gun
in the west
Irving
Irving
 
2013-02-20 04:09:41 PM  
I have to admit, I have mixed feelings here.  I really doubt the bus driver was willingly going to park the bus for the night and make the company eat the cost of hotel lodgings (the company says it is the driver's choice, but I'd imagine doing so is a career limiting move).  Having the fuzz come out and talk to you about conditions is much more likely to get results as the driver can say "The RMCP made me" when his boss gets pissed.

As for the other adults on the bus?  I trust my kids more than random adults.  Hell I pretty much don't trust random adults.

I guess it all comes down to did the parents really call 911?  I could see myself calling in on the non emergency number to ask about road conditions in such a situation and if the cops said "They're really bad", I could also see myself saying "Can you sent out an officer to 'encourage' the driver to park it for the night."  Followed up of course by a call to the bus company to mention that the police think the bus should stop and ride the storm out and my lawyer will definitely be mentioning that to the jury in the event of dead kids.

On one hand the adults on the bus say it wasn't that bad, on the other hand the RMCP felt enough concern to go out, stop the bus,and talk with the driver.  Following the chat with the police the driver parked it, which makes it sound like the police and the driver didn't exactly just share a laugh over helicopter parents and move on.
 
2013-02-20 04:10:30 PM  
If those dumbasses were so scared of their pwecious widdle snowfwake's safety, why didd'nt they pack some basic survival gear? You know, a space blanket, extra food and water, and good winter clothing.
 
2013-02-20 04:21:59 PM  

Richard C Stanford: If those dumbasses were so scared of their pwecious widdle snowfwake's safety, why didd'nt they pack some basic survival gear? You know, a space blanket, extra food and water, and good winter clothing did they let them leave the house in February?

 
2013-02-20 04:31:42 PM  
You know what happened when it snowed in my school? the bus driver couldn't put the chains on and I did it for her. and you know what? it was fun.
 
2013-02-20 04:36:09 PM  

Grapple: My precious snowflake!

/no, literally...


Came for this.
 
2013-02-20 05:04:09 PM  

lyanna96: Grapple: My precious snowflake!

/no, literally...

Came for this.


I must type better than I though... nyuck nyuck nyuck... =^__^=
 
2013-02-20 05:12:28 PM  

minoridiot: I wonder how many of those 12 year-olds have driven a bus through the snow.


This. They've got a professional bus driver who's probably been driving longer than they've been alive.

/WHARGARBL
 
2013-02-20 05:12:40 PM  

fury211: You know what happened when it snowed in my school? the bus driver couldn't put the chains on and I did it for her. and you know what? it was fun.


Yes, I have those memories too, as one of the biggest of the little kids.  Hell, I remember one time the bus driver has one of us give'r on the pedal while he and some kids pushed.  This was 20 years ago.
 
2013-02-20 05:19:06 PM  

loki see loki do: To kids: STFU and STFD.
Parents: Don't call 911 when the situation is under control. You have qquestions, call those in charge of the damned trip.
Everyone: Don't be such pussies.

/Donner, party of 47?


That would suck, be stuck with a bunch of scrawny kids in the Canadian winter, you'd barely be able to make a weak soup.
 
2013-02-20 06:10:16 PM  
I've driven a bus through the snow.. several times including today. 27 tons of vehicle will hold the road pretty damn well, especially on the interstate. The most dangerous thing about driving in snowy conditions (when you've got the visibility) are the cars doing 15-20 when you're doing 45-50...
 
2013-02-20 06:53:02 PM  
I would assume that if my kid texted me from the bus saying they were worried about adverse weather conditions that they had already raised those concerns with the chaperones on board the buses, and were handled dismissively.  Thus I might assume that calling the chaperones directly wouldn't accomplish anything.

But still, I know that 911 is for emergencies and not for charter bus passengers who might be inconvenienced.
 
2013-02-20 07:21:23 PM  
to be fair, there was that group of 12 kids (I think) from new Brunswick who died when their 15 passenger van went off the road in snowy conditions. Probably was in the mind of the parents at the time. Hell, its only been 5 years since that incident.
 
2013-02-20 09:55:46 PM  
Did 9/11 arrest the parents for misuse of the service?
 
2013-02-20 10:49:02 PM  

TheSteamingPile: to be fair, there was that group of 12 kids (I think) from new Brunswick who died when their 15 passenger van went off the road in snowy conditions. Probably was in the mind of the parents at the time. Hell, its only been 5 years since that incident.


I was trying to remember when that incident was.  Got 15 passenger vans banned in most school districts now; my old was was converting to 16 passenger minibusses.  Great vehicles, except for the whole 'drive shaft falls out at highway speed' thing.
 
2013-02-20 10:54:06 PM  
Here in Edmonton school doesn't get cancelled for anything. I've never seen a "snow day" even when it was -45c or heavy snowfall.
 
2013-02-21 09:29:36 AM  
The kids on the bus go, whine, whine whine.....
 
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