Booted Off the Bus
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.
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.