Bus driver was wrong but so was boy

June 7, 2014 at 1:07 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

While I cannot approve a bus driver's injuring a child - that is a no-no unless the safety of others is involved - I also cannot approve a child's being allowed to create annoying disturbances that distract the driver and others from having a peaceful and safe ride home. A child's misbehavior should be immediately brought to the attention of supervisors, including parents, then given one more chance to behave before he or she will no longer be allowed to ride the bus.

I wonder if the mother, who criticizes others as poor role models when they ask her child to behave and stop his annoying noises, really considers the child as a good model for his peers. What if they all acted like him? Would she like to drive them home in her bus then?

Parents are usually the responsible ones who teach proper behavior and respect so that others don't have to become disciplinarians or create fear in any children.

Ruth Lane, Victoria



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