Bus monitor failed
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This is regarding Karen Klein, the 68-year-old school bus monitor. I don't feel sorry for her. She was the monitor in charge of keeping order on that bus. She sat and cried instead of getting up and giving those kids some direction. She could have channeled her inner "Taxi Driver" and said, "you talking to me?"
She could have told the driver to stop and that no one goes anywhere until they behave. Other kids would want to get home, so peer pressure would then make it uncool to bully anyone. She could have called the police. She could have done her job. Taxes pay for her $15,000 a year job and she wasn't doing it.
I think it's terrible that this older lady got bullied, but it's her job to stop it and she failed. What if those kids were bullying another kid, perhaps your son or daughter? Could she step up to the task of keeping order? I think not. She cried and sat there. Perhaps the school would consider hiring a younger, inner-city person to keep order. The minute a kid gets out of line the (trained) monitor should be up saying, "Oh, yeah? You talking to me?"
They should hire people who can do the job instead of merely hiring nice older ladies to ride around all day, which is just plain pointless.
First Published June 30, 2012 12:00 am