” I Am A Victim!” Card

Many of you know that I drive a school bus four hours a day. I’m a dad and have two great girls. I thought maybe driving a school bus in retirement could be a way to give something back to the community.

You sure wouldn’t drive a bus for the money. $11.53 an hour is not much when you consider the responsibility we shoulder.

Today I wrote a referral on a 1st grader for violating Rule 7: Pupils shall remain seated while the bus is in motion.

I have written this child up before, I have rewarded her for good behavior, praised her in front of her peers for sitting correctly and I have warned her repeatedly each morning to remain seated. She will turn around and face the back while on her knees, she will stand up, she will sit sideways in the seat with her feet in the aisle.

Some days, she will fight her mother or grandmother. They will want her to get on the bus; she refuses. They will want her to sit down; she refuses. I do not look forward to her antics each morning.

With that as history, today I started the morning with a reading of Rule 7, before we left her stop. I told her if she didn’t remain seated I would write her up. I warned her twice. Finally, I pulled out a referral slip and told her I was writing her up. She begged me not to. “Her mother”, she said, “would be very angry with her.” I wrote her up. Even after I wrote her up, I still had to tell her to sit down.

Now here’s the topper. She called me a meanie! She’s only six and already she’s learned how to play the “victim” card.

3 Responses to “” I Am A Victim!” Card”

  1. already she’s learned how to play the “victim” card”.

    Yep, and if she is like that on the bus, you know she is like that in the classroom.

    Yes, I admit that our schools are failing, but this little girl is a typical example of “how are you going to make her learn?”

    She could care less about learning!

  2. Make sure to protect yourself from these kind of people, not just the child. They have a habit of making claims which are ugly, not true; but nobody cares later on. Does your school district require a “ride along”; though it sounds as if they do not from your remarks. A ride along acts to do the job of keeping kids in line while the bus driver keeps his/her mind on the road. They both act as witness to the other’s actions to protect the individuals and the district from false accusations.

  3. A Ride Along? They can hardly afford to pay us. Good advice! It comes too late for this year, but if I drive again next year I will keep much better notes.

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