On the bus ride today, there was a kid that kept sticking his head out the window. The bus driver warned him the previous day, that if he kept doing that, he would have to sit up front away from his cursing D average friends. But today, even after a warning, he did it again. This just wastes our time, when he talks he either says someone forgot a hat, Hello, or stop doing that!! So he got yelled at by the bus driver, and all the bus driver wanted him to do was to move up front where he could keep a close eye on him. But, this kid doesn’t want to cooperate, the bus driver said either move up, or we drive back to the School; at this I was thinking ‘just move up, please’. He finally cooperated after a minute, when the bus driver was walking back to his seat, yes walking back, when he got up and moved. But on his way off the bus at his stop, he mumbled “Idiot bus driver” close enough so that the bus driver could hear; that made the conflict personal. Our bus driver was trying to keep the kid from killing himself! And, he thinks it was because it’s against the rules. Does he know his head could be taken off at 25mph? Because of what he mumbled as he got off the bus, he has a “referral” and possibly a bus suspension. The bus suspension was great, and it is a good punishment, because now his parents are going to see how big of a moron their kid truly is. A “referral” is (at our school) just when they put the event on your permanent record, they tell your parent, and an administrator talks to you about why what you did was wrong. I don’t think this was an over punishment, rather, an under punishment; what he should be is not only the inability to ride the bus, but also a suspension, or at least an in-school suspension.
But what does this all mean? It means that the average American youth does not expect a large punishment. In other words, parents think their kids are the best people in the world, and that is usually not the case. I see kids every day walking up the wrong sides of the stairs (tripping other people), kids punching others, kids throwing wet paper towels over stall doors at someone they don’t know; and how do they react? They laugh. And it’s not funny. It’s cruel and it’s wrong, yet they think it’s funny. That’s cold. When is bullying ever funny? I don’t know. Another messed up thing is that at our school kids bully others so often, about 2/25 bullies are caught or punished for their actions. The kid who stuck his head out the window was never a bully, even when he insulted the bus driver. Because at our school, bullying is not bullying unless it’s repeated; so a kid making a horrid rumor about another is not bulling? It can’t be assault; so if it’s not bullying, what is it? Leave a comment in response.