Booted Off the Bus

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You would think that sending your 5 year old off to the school bus would be relatively safe, right? Typically, you would be able to think that. (Although when I think of five year olds, I think ‘Man, they are so tiny! That’s so crazy they ride the bus at such a young age.’ It is what it is, I guess.) But according to little Lena, she was booted from the bus because she had a stomach ache and may or may not have thrown up. According to the bus driver, Lena was not banished from the bus because of her sickness. He said that Lena wanted to be let off the bus so that she could go home. So, as any responsible adult would do, the bus driver opened up the doors of the bus and allowed the girl to find her way home, hoping that a nearby woman would take it upon herself to walk the girl home.

Is he out of his mind?

Who’s to say that the woman completely ignores the girl and Lena wanders off, trying to find her way back home. Or who’s to say that in another instance, it’s not an old lady, but some creepy guy that’s been pacing the sidewalk for the last 15 minutes. Remember. She’s five years old.

Lena’s mother was obviously furious and has since said that she will be driving Lena and her sister to school from now on.

Now, if I were the bus driver, I would like to think that I would have done what I could to make sure that Lena was ok, and then driven her to the school, making sure that she got the help that she needed in contacting her mom or anyone that would be able to help her out. I’d like to think that most people would do the same.

Yet, Mr. Rivera, the bus driver, thought it would be best for Lena to fend for herself – after all, he did say she asked to get off the bus, right? In doing so, he gave Lena the luxury of making a well-informed, 5 year-old decision to step off the bus and into the safety and security of an empty neighborhood full of people with unknown intentions. Sounds like a win/win situation if you ask me.

Not.

As of Friday, Mr. Rivera has abandoned his post as a bus driver, which is probably good. I feel that he would be better fit for a job in cleaning up puke, not punishing little girls who are the suppliers of such.

What do you think?

Booted Off the Bus

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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3 comments

  1. Angela says:

    Holy CRAP! I would’ve exploded. I’d have been on the phone with the principal, superintendent, and head of the school board. When I was a kid, children getting carsick was a common thing, school buses are crowded, hot, and bumpy. If a child made it to the driver to say they were going to be sick, every driver I had, would pull the bus over at a safe spot, get out with the child, let the child get sick and then get back on the bus. The nerve of this driver. Abandoned his post, I would be pressing charges for child abandonment. How is he free from child negligence, when a parent would be facing DSS or CPS in a moment?

  2. milrene says:

    I would of lost my mind in more ways then one!! With the world the way it is today what gave him the right to think that it was safe for a five year old to walk home alone. Just crazy!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I would have lost my mind in a blind panic. One of my biggest fears of child rearing is public school, and all of the hings in between. I have seriously contemplated home school. I am lucky enough to have an elementary school pretty close, so for those first years where socialization is key, I can just walk my child home. I never felt safe on mys chool bus as a child, and there are plenty of reasons not to. I am glad this man is no longer being put in charge of a group of children. He obviously does not have the mental requirements to understand that a 5 year old is told no, she can call her mom from school. Puke happens! Hell,we have been covered in it for years!

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