School buses in the fall originally uploaded by Larry Darling
According to this article via WCCO, a bus driver was charged with assault after she slapped an unruly child after he hit another child and then kicked and spit on others after being separated from and then verbally warned several times to cease and desist.
From the article:
A Blue Earth Area School bus driver was charged with fifth-degree assault after allegedly slapping a child who had spit on, kicked, and made other children on the bus cry, according to a criminal complaint filed in Faribault County.
The complaint states that Jane Elizabeth Brooks, 72, of Blue Earth, Minn., had slapped the boy on the cheek, and said, “Well, maybe that’s what he needed,” when other riders questioned the action.
The complaint states that the boy had hit another smaller child on the head with a book bag, making the child cry. Brooks stopped the bus and moved the boy to a different seat – the one right behind the bus driver.
The boy then began to kick children across the aisle from him. When Brooks asked older riders to sit with the boy and babysit him, they declined. After contacting the school for assistance, Brooks wasn’t able to receive help, but was told to move other children away from the boy.
As Brooks was doing so, the boy spit on the children in the seat behind him. On the bus’ video, one of the children can be seen wiping the spittle off her face.
Brooks told the boy not to spit on other children and after he spit yet again, Brooks slapped him.
While the proper thing to do is to ignore the situation and have an Internet fund created for you which nets more than $650,000, is there really any reason any adult should have to put up with a child who behaves the way the one in the criminal complaint allegedly did? Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if parents and their guardians (permanent or temporary/in-transit) were able to stop the problem with a quick slap to the face?
How much you want to bet the problem stopped right then and there? Even though there were whispers from the other kids on the bus questioning whether that was necessary, do you think if the driver came back and wasn’t reprimanded for this course of action the kids would misbehave again? Would you press charges if your own little twerp acted like a complete and unadulterated jackass repeatedly and got slapped by an adult? Would you bring the little twerp home and slap him on the other cheek like I would? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.