have you had any problems with your kids on school busses?

@winterose (39918)
Canada
March 28, 2008 3:26pm CST
when my son was little he was bullied on the school bus and the principal did nothing, then he came home one day with blood all over his shirt he was just in grade 3 the kid that hurt him was in grade 6 the principal sneered and me and said unless I could come up with names he couldn't do anything, my son didn't know those kids name they were in grade six and he was in grade 3 so I got the school board after the principal and I told but the school board and the principal I was calling in the youth squad (police) if they didn't find out who that kid was and do something about it. they moved quickly then, the principal could be more helpful, he was not sneering then. Do you think school buses are safe have you ever had a problem with your child on the school bus either with another student or with even the bus driver?
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I'm so sorry to hear about your son. I have been bullied on the school bus too but no one ever touched me thank god. My daughter has been bullied on the bus also but no one ever started anything with her either. I have seen alot of fights break out on the bus and they are very unsafe. The bus driver does nothing about it and the school system sucks also. Somethimes things are done about it but in most cases they just look past it like it was nothing. that is why kids are bringing weapons to school and video taping the fights also. It is such a corrupted world. These kids also put the videos on utube to be views. They video with their cell phones.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
31 Mar 08
kids never did that when I was a kid and we lived in the ghetto, bringing weapons to school has really gone too far.
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@GardenGerty (101613)
• United States
30 Mar 08
I was the bus driver for many years. Some of it was special ed, and that was easier, actually than driving "normal" children. I had kids try to pick on and bully each other, and I did what I could to step in. I did what I could to handle it all with humor. I found that if there were problems, going to the principals and the administrators, and even the parents was worse than useless. If we had to have meetings, it was on my own time and it was unpaid. Often when kids thought I was "unfair" and threatened to sue me, I would tell them I was going to sue their parents for having an out of control child who was causing dangerous situations. I strictly enforced safety rules, and told them that it was okay if they ignored them, I just did not want to have to do paperwork if they were hurt or killed. I offered to stop and go talk to a mom because a child was bullying another, and it scared him spitless. I had almost no trouble on my bus, often I saw improved behaviors. Humor helps. Of course this is a small district and the buses were not overcrowded. Mostly I could give every student his own seat.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
those children were lucky to have you. It is nice to see someone who believes in doing the best job they can.
@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
30 Mar 08
yes rose i have had problems with my son on the school bus as well.a few times.i also went to the school and they did nothing until i threatened them with the education board.its funny how they manage to do something when you threaten to get the higher powers involved.we also have one nasty bus driver who has given my son hell over his bus pass,because his got lost in the system.i soon put her in her place.cheers sue
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
good for you hon, even though we parents shouldn't have to fight to get what is right.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Mar 08
Some older children are such bullies to the younger chilren, they take their candy,or anything else they want and then thresten to beat them up if they tell. I know my sister has came home before and has scratches and bruises before and we ask her what happen she tell us the bigger kids did it. We found that one of my dads nephews children who was older was being mean to her and pulling her hair,hitting her and taking her stuff on the bus. My mom had a talk to the prinicpal and said deal with it or I will and it won't be pretty and that from then on she wanted my little sister no farther then the third seat back. The next day my sister came home with a small gash in her hair I found it when I was brushing her hair cause we were getting ready to leave and she said ouch and I looked and seen blood I asked what happened she said Susue did it. Hit her in the head with a stick at recess cause my sister told on her. Well the teachers who monitored the play ground said they didn't see nothing well they were to busy talking to each other and not paying attention even and my mom was furious because again nothing was done. Next day this older kid Susue caught lisa in the bathroom and rammed her head into a bathroom stall and she had a bruise on her forehead from it and my mom didn't call that time she actually went in to the school like a tornado and said if anyhting else happened to her daughter while in their care that she would have a few jobs. Because nothing was being done to this child for harming my little sister. From then on she couldn't go to the bathroom unless someone was with her and on the playground she couldn't get out of teachers view and on the bus she had to sit right behind the driver and the girl that was being the bully couldn't even set within six seats of her. My dad also told her to start taking up for herself. I told her to instantly tell the teacher or adult no matter what the big bullies say. The child and the childs parents was told if she bothered lisa or any other child in the school on school hours then she would be suspended or have to transfer to another school. other then that nothing was really done to the girl. But atleast she has stopped being a bully to my little sister who is 6.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
yes at least she stopped and that was what you wanted.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
31 Mar 08
School buses are Not good—Our kids learn many bad things on these buses. Can bus drivers be in charge of things that happen at all times? They can’t see the things in the back of the bus that well. My daughter walks to school- but will be riding the bus again next year- She doesn’t want to- She is really not going to enjoy it- She will be in 7th grade. I have taught her to sit near the front. She has never had any problems on the bus with other kids—but she has told me stories about other kids getting beat up or picked on. It’s too bad! Glad to hear the idiot principal finally jumped when you threatened police--- How crazy is that--- I know when there is a problem in our buses--- something is always done- if it is reported.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
31 Mar 08
Thankfully except some minor problems my niece has not had any problems with kids on the bus. I wish I could say the same for myself when I was younger. The bus ride home for me when I was a child was a nightmare and nothing seemed to help. I would even try sitting behind the bus driver, it didn't stop the kids from bullying me. More times then I like to think about I had to cut gum out of my hair. I was hit and poked with pens or pencils. The worst was when an old student hit me over the head with a board he was taking home from wood shop. This was all on top of being called names and other verbal abuse. It didn't stop until I fought back and hit one of the kids. I heard later I actually knocked a tooth out. The bus driver never did anything either way. After that the kids left me alone but this was after years of abuse. I'm glad you got the school board involved when the principal wouldn't do anything. He should have taken care of it directly but since he wouldn't it's good thing you went over his head. I'm sure your son is very glad to have you in his corner.