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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 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
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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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