Bus policy leaves kids in tears and in danger

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

My wife and 11-year old-daughter came home in tears yesterday thanks to our school bus driver. Apparently Hannah rushed off the bus at DZ to retrieve a birthday party invitation for a friend. When she returned the door was closed so she tapped on the door. Instead of acting like a sentient being or kind citizen and opening the portal for the child, the driver chose instead to wag his finger at her, sit for another minute and then drive off. Her backpack and school work were in the bus.

A frantic call home sent my wife to the rescue but the missing pack was still an issue. They proceeded to the bus barn. Once there my wife asked about bus 19 and related the story to an employee who compassionately replied that the driver was following policy. When my bride stated that the policy resembled bovine excrement she was gruffly told to "get out, I'm a mechanic and don't have to listen to this." Now my wife is crying. A manager appeared and did his best to remedy the situation but the damage was done.

In speaking with friends we have found that this is not an isolated incident. Apparently character qualities such as kindness and respect for others stop at the steps of our school buses. No amount of "I was following orders" can excuse such behavior. Leaving an 11-year-old girl stranded five miles from home is not only reprehensible, it is also dangerous.

And so, to the black hearted miscreant who found joy in the misery of an 11-year-old girl, shame on you!

Bruce Massey

Juneau



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