BUS MONITOR BULLIED; THE OUTRAGE MISSES THE MARK
Have you seen the video of the poor bus monitor being bullied and verbally abused by students? Many news shows had commentators who were expressing their outrage at the students. Fox news panel was discussing what possible punishments the students should get. Most of the punishment suggestions were pretty severe. The public seems to be outraged by this video and there is much anger directed at the students.
Most teachers who have taught for any length of time in an area with many tough and streetwise kids has heard this kind of nonsense from students before. This is nothing new. I’m happy that the news outlets and other people are upset about the student behavior, as well they should be, but the real outrage needs to be directed at the administrator and or people responsible for letting that poor woman be a bus monitor without proper training in the ways of student discipline. Shame on them. They’re the ones I have outrage for. I’ve seen this many times in my long career in teaching. People being put in a position to supervise students and yet having no training whatsoever in the ways of discipline.
This probably comes as a shock to the average person, but many children can be extremely cruel and disrespectful to adults. Even elementary students can be very disrespectful. I’ve seen several elementary school teachers lose their job because they could not control their classroom even though they were dealing with rather young students. Knowing how to keep control of a large group of children requires quite a lot of skill and experience. Shame on the administrator or people responsible for throwing this poor woman to the wolves without adequate training.
At least this story has a happy ending, as the poor woman has received an incredible amount of support from people who have seen the video. I understand people have donated up to $300,000 to her in order to soothe her damaged psyche. I wish I would have taught in the era of hidden video cameras. If I had donations coming in every time a disrespectful student uttered some unpleasantry towards me, I would have had a nice tidy sum to help me with my meager pension that’s about to be lessened by our state legislators.