S.C. school-bus incidents: Driving a busload of stress

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Duct tape is used to seal the mouths of unruly children on a Ware Shoals school bus.

Two 16-year-old boys sexually assault a 14-year-old girl on a Berkeley County school bus after paying the driver $10 to look the other way.

A once-beloved Gilbert school-bus driver sits in prison after confessing to sexually abusing girls as young as 7 on his bus.

Such stories grab the headlines and paint a grim picture of the trek that more than 300,000 S.C. children take twice a day on a school bus.

But the reality is the vast majority of them arrive at school and back home again safe and sound.

Ugh. Read it all.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducation* South Carolina

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Posted February 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. DonGander wrote:

I wasted 4 months of my life riding a school bus. 300 days X 1 hour per day X 12 years = 3600 hours divided by 24 equals 150 days / 31 days per month equals 4.8 months.

Yes, and I was exposed to lots of rot as well.

Don

February 23, 10:11 pm | [comment link]
2. Rick in Louisiana wrote:

My mom drives a school bus in the largest school district in Upstate New York. (Kendall - care to guess?) I have a hard enough time driving a church van with 7-12 kids without any adult help. At least vans are easy to drive. I cannot imagine the stress of driving one of those monstrosities with 50? 60? kids who can and do almost anything they want. How can one possibly maintain discipline while trying to drive safely? (Not to deny that some drivers are indeed a menace and do not even make a good faith effort to prevent abuse and violence in the back rows.)

February 23, 11:16 pm | [comment link]
3. saj wrote:

Why doesn’t the “two adult” rule apply in school situations such as this.  In the church we can’t even put children, other than our own, in our cars without two adults.  I know it would cost—but these days if I had children, I wouldn’t consider letting them ride a school bus.  They don’t even have seat belts!

February 24, 5:16 pm | [comment link]
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