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Brickbat: That’s Cold

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Police in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, are investigating a viral video that shows a boy begging a bus driver for the local school system to let him stay on the bus or to get off at his home rather than at the bus stop. The driver instead orders the boy out. The video then shows another student chase and beat the boy. In a statement, Locus Grove Public Schools says "The students' and bus driver's actions have been addressed internally."

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42 responses to “Brickbat: That’s Cold

  1. The students’ and bus driver’s actions have been addressed internally.
    Do I have to remind you of Rule 2? No member of the faculty is to maltreat the “Abos” in any way whatsoever?if there’s anyone watching.

    1. The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery?

      1. I think the word might mean a nun who’s in charge and of an abbey.

        1. No, The nun in charge of an abbey would be an abbess.

      2. It’s from the Monty Python Bruces sketch (script or video) and is derogatory Australian slang for aborigines.

    2. Rule 6: there is no… rule 6.

  2. This is a pivotal moment in this boy’s life where he either picks up a big stick and fights off his tyrants, or he is coerced/hoodwinked into relying on an ineffective and stupid system of bureaucrats to “protect” him from such things. When you stand up to a bully it’s a coming of age moment. This kid is being denied his passage into the self-respect and courage needed to be a grown ass man. He’ll grow up knowing he’ll have allowed himsef to be denied the opportunity to right the wrongs and then try to compensate for this by joining Antifa to bash in the heads of strangers anonymously. That’s how this works, right?

    1. Do you need to have some childhood angst or can you join Antifa because you like to go wilding.

    2. The kid has to learn to understand the true essence of the situation and channel his anger in a productive manner. He must understand that the bully is a product of a patriarchal toxic masculinity culture and the boy’s anger should be directed toward rich old white men who are privileged by such a culture. The bus driver was simply giving the boy an object lesson in what happens when you leave the safety of the collective and strike out on your own in the cold, cruel world, a lesson every woman, POC, differently-gendered, or otherwise non-straight rich white male is taught every single day. Shame on this boy for whining and crying about the bus driver and the bully and the school administrators who are showing him such love and compassion by teaching him the truth about the way the world works and applause, applause for these noble people taking the time to teach him.

      1. The boy’s two moms are working on him…

    3. When you stand up to a bully it’s a coming of age moment.

      Well, maybe, sometimes, but it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees in recognizing who the real bullies are. If not for ageism, it would be a sociological no-brainer to see that kids bully each other because all kids are systematically bullied by all adults.

      My greatest hope for this young man is that he’ll come to understand the numerous ways that the adult world created his horrible situation. I hope he’ll fight back by working for youth rights.

  3. As a kid, I towered over everybody but was a gentle soul. (NAP, even back then.) So I got bullied.

    One day my parents told me enough is enough. If a bully pushed me, I had to push him to the ground. If he hit me or kicked me, I had to give him back double. If I did not, even kindergarteners would soon bully me, they predicted. They made it clear I would be punished if I failed to fight back.

    Maybe it would have been different if I had been at some inner city school with junior gang members, but I found out a valuable lesson. Any time you put a bully in his place, he immediately backs down and that person NEVER bothers you again. I don’t know what they teach bullied kids these days, but it isn’t that, and that’s a pity.

    1. When I was in junior high, there was a kid with a club foot who was always one of the last to make it to the busses at the end of the day when we were all loading up to go home. One day as we were sitting there watching the kid make his way to the bus, another kid running late came running by him and casually reached out and knocked the kid’s books out of his hand and then stopped to turn around and point and laugh at the poor cripple. By the time the kid turned back around to get on the bus, half the kids on the bus were piling out the door, threatening to kick his ass if he didn’t apologize to the kid and pick his books up. Strength in numbers is an easy lesson to learn, what were all the other kids on the bus doing just sitting there watching this happen?

      1. . . . what were all the other kids on the bus doing just sitting there watching this happen?

        Passively waiting for the “authorities” to protect the victim.

    2. If a bully pushed me, I had to push him to the ground. If he hit me or kicked me, I had to give him back double.

      Bullshit. That’s an ageist double standard. Why should children and teenagers be forced to live in a Hobbesian state of nature while adults can invoke the rule of law to settle their disputes? Bullying is definitely a youth rights issue.

      Frankly, Inigo Montoya, you should be thankful for the six-fingered man who killed your asshole of a father. Your misplaced gratitude for your parents’ cruelty sounds like Stockholm syndrome to me.

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    1. Fuck you, you Google bully.

      1. Occupy Google?

  5. Just sad…I get why the bus driver would want to stick to protocol, but there also is an element of humanity that is needed in this world!

    1. This particular inhumanity is a form of ageism, and so the needed element of humanity is widespread recognition of youth rights. Kids bully each other because all adults systematically bully all kids.

  6. The school district would not comment any further on whether the bus driver is still employed.

    I wonder which it is.

  7. Why is this a story?

    Yes, it’s interesting. But nationwide and worldwide attention, I think, is wrong.

    And given what Brickbats normally are, ragging on a bus driver for holding too tight to the rules seems a bit too small of a target.

    1. I think Charles posts stuff like this because he knows that no matter what he posts someone will stop in to bitch about it.

    2. It’s a story because of the youth rights angle. Kids bully each other because all adults systematically bully all kids.

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  9. I dunno if the laws in OK are the same as in NM, but as someone who just read the part of the CDL driver’s manual relating to driving a school bus last night, it’s not impossible that the driver could have been prosecuted for *not* dropping the kid off at a stop.

    Of course, he is also supposed to not let kids who don’t belong there get off at the wrong stop either, and is supposed to separate children who are being unruly, or even potentially call the police. I’m not entirely certain, but he probably should have separated the bully from his prey, too.

  10. When I had problems with four other kids bullying me, I went to each of their homes and beat them bloody with a broom handle, one at a time. “Next time, I’ll get creative.” It worked.

    1. My neurology professor south of the Masion-Dixion line told my class about a sleep walker who could not remember urinating on a heating radiator many times. Nothing could cure him of this condition. Then one day, the guy owning the radiator visited the sleep walker with his friends and beat the crap out of him. All the symptoms went away.

      1. He’s cured! It’s a miracle!

  11. Of course, nowadays if you stand up to a bully in school, you’re more likely to be the one that’s punished, since you had the choice to run, and didn’t.

    1. Absolutely. And the bullies just love to see that, too. It’s a warped system for sure.

    2. Why should children and teenagers be forced to live in a Hobbesian state of nature while adults can invoke the rule of law to settle their disputes? That’s an ageist double standard. Bullying is definitely a youth rights issue.

  12. This seems like a case of policy verse common sense. On the other hand, the policy might be in place to prevent school officials from being with kids at the kids’ homes. Furthermore, it’s the cops’ job to keep kids safe outside of school. In a no snitch neighborhood, or a neighborhood where the cops are busy stopping the plastic straw cartel, it’s dangerous to be a kid.

  13. Blame the lawyers.
    If the driver let the kid off anywhere but the official stop, he and the school would be liable for many things other than aiding and abetting assault. The whole world now revolves around the slightest possibility of a civil lawsuit, because logic and reason have been exiled from the courtroom to the point that self defense is termed assault.

  14. All the kid said was he hates the fucking Eagles. Driving didn’t need to get all uppity.

    1. Driver.

  15. “The students’ and bus driver’s actions have been addressed internally”

    “, if you catch my drift.”

  16. Start working at home with Google. It’s the most-financially rewarding I’ve ever done. On tuesday I got a gorgeous BMW after having earned $8699 this last month. I actually started five months/ago and practically straight away was bringin in at least $96, per-hour. visit this site right here….. http://www.mesalary.com

  17. If not for ageism, it would be a sociological no-brainer: Kids bully each other because all kids are systematically bullied by all adults. And you don’t have to be a left-wing SJW (I’m certainly not!) to recognize the victim blaming and toxic masculinity in expecting this kid to fight back against the bully himself.

    I’m telling you, folks, this is but one more reason to support youth rights.

  18. He might have gotten fired if he dropped off the kid anywhere but the bus stop. I mean, how does he know where the kid lives?

  19. The child who was bullied by the driver and other kid has been taught a valuable lesson:
    He should arm himself and put a bullet in the bullies.

  20. Ah confirmation. Tony drives a school bus for a living.

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