Bus Driver in Hot Water for Using Brake on Schoolkids

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school busA Brattleboro, Vermont school school bus driver was arrested recently for using her brake pedal to discipline unruly students on her bus. The 38-year-old woman allegedly made sudden stops when she felt kids were getting out of hand, causing students to bang their heads on the seats in front of them or fall to the floor. No serious injuries were reported.

I had a bus driver that did the same exact thing when I was a kid. Only he never got arrested or even reported. In fact, if I remember right, the teen riders used to see if they could make him mad enough to do it again. He may have retired early.

The students were late arriving home on March 25th, the day of the incident, and parents called the school to complain. The school contacted the police, who then cited the woman for careless and negligent operation.

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Here's what I think: Every single school bus in this great nation of ours should have two adults on board at all times. I mean, think about it: How many times have your own kids made you turn into your father and shout, "If you don't stop that right now, I'm turning this car around...."? Now multiply that number of kids by 10, at least, and put yourself at the wheel of a vehicle that's much harder to manage.

I'm not defending this driver's actions, not by a long shot. In fact, if one of my kids was on that bus, I'd be livid. There's feeling like you're going to blow, and then there's acting on it, and she definitely crossed the line. She put the children on her bus and other drivers in danger.

What I'm saying is that I understand her frustration. Kids are supposed to behave on the bus, and most of them do. But all it takes is one or two rabblerousers to create chaos that's really hard to manage when all you've got is rear view mirror and no way to enforce the rules. I think this bus driver definitely needs a very stern warning and probably some education on how to manage behavior, but I'm not sure she needed to be arrested.

What do you think -- does this bus driver deserve to be sentenced or fired? Or would a stern warning be enough to get her back on the road?

Should this bus driver have been arrested?
Yes. She put everyone in danger with her actions.1851 (22.5%)
No. She made a mistake, it happens.5958 (72.3%)
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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.