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Kick misbehaving kids off the bus

Posted: February 8, 2012 - 12:00am

If a school principal had to give pupils a warning about their behavior prior to their bus leaving school, it’s probably a safe bet that those kids bear at least a little responsibility for that driver having to pull over and cool off during the ride home.

After that fateful ride last week, some Euchee Creek Ele-mentary parents complained about the driver’s behavior based on tales from their children. Some of that carries the self-serving whine of enabling.

Whether the driver violated policies will be handled by school officials. It’s up to the parents of the misbehaving children, however, to rein in their own hellions.

Absent such swift behavior modification, school officials need to stiffen their backbones and remind parents that a “free” bus ride to school is a privilege – not a right. Adding bus monitors or cameras just means hitting taxpayers harder to help keep an eye on children who haven’t experienced enough negative consequences for bad behavior.

If those kids can’t behave on their free trip to and from school, make those apologist moms and doting dads provide their ride.

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Craig Spinks

Misbehaving kids, enabling "parents" and getting to public schoo

Inasmuch as there is no constitutionally-protected property right to free transportation to the public school house, the responsibility for the transportation of kids with track records of misbehavior on school busses should befall their frequently-enabling "parents."

Let any disagreeing, enabling "parents" sue us.

If our school board attorney is too much of a wuss to stand up to the threat of parental suit, we need to find one who will.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence


A ride to school is a privilege

We are making a huge mistake taking responsibility for their behavior away from our children. Children who are unable to take direction and sit still on a bus ride to or from school belong in a special school. A school designed to meet the needs of mentally ill or mentally retarded students. Children deemed mentally and physically fit enough to attend an ordinary, zoned school should be held to the strictest standards of behavior while enjoying the privilege of a ride to school. End of story. One misbehavior=one week suspension , second misbehavior=one month suspension and a third offense would be an expulsion from the school bus. This would include field trips.
If the parent was unable to provide transportation, that parent could walk their child to school or take public transportation with their child. If the parent and child didn't like my solutions I would invite them to come up with their own solution.
Privilege, not entitlement .

Donna Lewis

Little Lamb

Thank You

That is a sound comment, DHL.