Video of a Bus Monitor Being Bullied by Middle School Children Goes Viral

I’m sick of reading excuses for why a bus full of middle school children acted in a most deplorable way to their bus monitor. There are no excuses for such vile behavior. I don’t care what age you are, you have a responsibility to be a good citizen and decent person. It sickens me to see a pack bullying situation where a soft target is exposed and then tormented without any resistance whatsoever.

Explanations like this are both unhelpful and insensitive to poor bus monitor, Karen Klein:

When kids reach middle school, bullying becomes more common and more sophisticated, experts says.

“Middle school-age kids are sort of an age group that is notorious for an uptick in the intensity of bullying,” said Dr. Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist in New York and TODAY contributor.

During the middle school years, kids are facing intense peer pressure, the pack mentality is strong and kids feel a growing sense of independence – all while their moral compasses are still developing, she said.

“It’s a time when they’re figuring out who they are by sometimes crossing the line and breaking the rules,” Saltz says. “Their insecurity drives a lot of cliquishness and defining themselves as better by making someone else feel worse.”

Don’t even try to excuse this behaviour in any way based on the age of the perpetrators. This is a culture problem. The parents of these children need to do as much soul-searching as the children themselves.

I am saddened to hear about the families of the students getting death threats. What kind of response is that? What is the sense in dealing with bullying by continuing the chain of bullying? This is isn’t even about a bus full of children. This has even wider implications.

Middle school children worldwide should be put on notice. No more excuses. I don’t care how old you are. It’s time to grow up and treat others with respect!

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2 Responses to “Video of a Bus Monitor Being Bullied by Middle School Children Goes Viral”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    “….their moral compasses are still developing….”

    I would like to know how children can develop a moral compass when society as a whole has rejected the source of all knowledge of right and wrong and of what possible use a “moral compass” can be in a society where there is no longer a concept of “true north”.

    We are told not to impose our moral standards on other people because they have different beliefs and cultures. It is now up to each individual to develop his/her own moral compass. If everybody has a different idea of what is right or wrong, meaning that north is in whatever direction you want it to be it will be like everyone having a clock showing a different time from everyone else’s, a dictionary showing different meanings from everyone else’s, and that is precisely what is happening in the business of moral compasses.

    How can we expect children to develop a “moral compass” in a moral vacuum?!

    It seems to me that what is considered right or wrong today is not based on any idea of absolute values or truth. It seems more based on what is convenient at the time; what is expedient. The result is that at different times and places opposing values are held up to be what is right. In the absence of absolutes we have a mishmash of particulars and we seem to be, as a society, making it up as we go along without the absolutes that give meaning to the particulars.

    In the scheme of things to which I subscribe there is an absolute right and wrong. It doesn’t mean I get it right always but I have a point of reference, which is largely lacking in today’s world. Children are bound to get things wrong as they grow and learn, but if they are not brought to account and their misdeeds excused won’t we be guilty of raising a generation of pyschopaths?

  2. Mike Feurstein Says:

    Being this was upstate NY, where we are, it hit close to home. Our next few movies in the UnMake series will be for middle school level. We’re gonna be tackling these hard cases…

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