Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bullies driving parents over the edge

Did this Dad go to far? What would you do? Personally, the only thing I think he did that was wrong was threatening to kill the little knuckleheads. Additionally, I understand why he felt the need to check the bus driver - but threatening the bus driver with bodily harm, was a bit much...

A father furious because his 13-year-old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy had been bullied stormed onto a school bus and threatened the children who teased her, deputies in Florida said.

The girl had to be hospitalized because of stress from the confrontation. The father, James Willie Jones, was arrested Thursday after he stormed onto the bus two weeks ago and later released on bail. He hopes to apologize to the children, said his attorney, Natalie Jackson.

"The little girl was scared to go to school. There has to be something done about school bullying," Jackson said.

Jones boarded the school bus on Sept. 3 because several boys were allegedly bullying his daughter, according to the sheriff's office report. He told deputies the boys placed an open condom on his daughter's head, smacked her on the back of her head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her, the report said.

Video surveillance from the bus shows Jones asking his daughter to point out the students accused of harassing her. Jones is heard threatening those who bully his daughter, and he also threatens the bus driver.

Read the entire article here.


5 comments:

Mahkno said...

Hmm... I remember some local County Board member doing something like that a few years ago.

District Supt. Harvey Burnett said...

School administration and bus drivers need to understand that they are in the position of the parents when the parents drop them off and they (administration and school personel) have the legal obligation to keep the children in a safe environment and free from bullying.

I think they need to read up on the cases and the doctrine of law that is holding the school responsible for these children called "loco parentis", stating that the school and officials that have the children are in the shoes of the parents and as such have an obligation to protect them (the children).

This Father did what any concerned father would do only a little louder and vocally than many...With the current silly actions of many of these kids further supported by their parents...Sorry but "kudos" to this father...I'll stand with him any day.

Emerge Peoria said...

Pastor: If anything they should hire this Dad as the regular bus monitor

General Parker said...

I drove a school bus in St. Louis and while I understand both of your sentiments, I have to disagree with you on this one.
Emerge, you don't want an adult who can't control his emotions or mouth, trying to tell youngsters how to behave.
Pastor, I suppose you are not advocating violence and intimidation of some youths by an adult to teach youngsters not to be intimidating or violent to others who are weaker? First off, the man was wrong legally and morally once he stepped on the bus.
No one other than the bus driver and the children are allowed on the bus, especially for this very reason.
Second, bus drivers are not allowed to touch these kids at all, even if a fight breaks out. They are instructed to call the base and inform them so they can call the police immediately.
When they see bullying and other behavior that violates school rules and codes, all they can do is write the children up. The schools rarely act on these write ups. Some districts require that several write up must occur before that kid is even barred from the bus.
What if the little boys’ dads showed up the next day to even the score because some man came on the bus and threatened their children? By your reasoning he is well within his rights. This only exacerbates the situation.
And to go and threaten the bus driver wasn't too smart either. Most drivers feel powerless because they have to deal with these little devils and a lot of the time they get no cooperation from administration so what are they to do except their job. Also, all drivers may not have just stood there and let somebody come on their bus and threaten them.
I think the man should have confronted the administration and the parents of the kids doing the bullying in a meeting away from the kids and the bus. I don't believe he truly got satisfaction on the bus that day.

General Parker said...

I drove a school bus in St. Louis and while I understand both of your sentiments, I have to disagree with you on this one.
Emerge, you don't want an adult who can't control his emotions or mouth, trying to tell youngsters how to behave.
Pastor, I suppose you are not advocating violence and intimidation of some youths by an adult to teach youngsters not to be intimidating or violent to others who are weaker? First off, the man was wrong legally and morally once he stepped on the bus.
No one other than the bus driver and the children are allowed on the bus, especially for this very reason.
Second, bus drivers are not allowed to touch these kids at all, even if a fight breaks out. They are instructed to call the base and inform them so they can call the police immediately.
When they see bullying and other behavior that violates school rules and codes, all they can do is write the children up. The schools rarely act on these write ups. Some districts require that several write up must occur before that kid is even barred from the bus.
What if the little boys’ dads showed up the next day to even the score because some man came on the bus and threatened their children? By your reasoning he is well within his rights. This only exacerbates the situation.
And to go and threaten the bus driver wasn't too smart either. Most drivers feel powerless because they have to deal with these little devils and a lot of the time they get no cooperation from administration so what are they to do except their job. Also, all drivers may not have just stood there and let somebody come on their bus and threaten them.
I think the man should have confronted the administration and the parents of the kids doing the bullying in a meeting away from the kids and the bus. I don't believe he truly got satisfaction on the bus that day.