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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Education news summary: School violence

(Posted 23 Feb 2006)
  • Putting a stop to bad bus behavior.
    • Gazette, 23 Feb 2006 (Editorial).
    You can’t help but sympathize with Prince George’s County bus drivers. They flooded a school board meeting last week and recounted stories of being spat upon, having objects thrown at them, dealing with threats and struggling to break up fights. And those were the tame stories.

    Hard-case stories included having to drive the bus to a police station for help with unruly students; calling 911 for assistance; and, most recently, being shot at after kicking youths off the bus for fighting.

    Bus drivers should not have to stand alone in this battle. The problem affects everyone in the community. . .
    [. . .]
    Bus drivers said that referrals, forms filled out when students misbehave and given to school administrators, seem to be going unnoticed.

    School bus driver Carl Robinson told The Star of an eighth-grader who had five referrals and threatened him. Even after the child admitted the bad behavior to his mother, administrators and Robinson in a conference call, he was still allowed to ride the bus.

    ‘‘When I got to five [referrals], I figured what’s the use,” Robinson said.
    [. . .].
  • Bus drivers ask county for help with unruly students; Officials consider using cameras on problem buses to validate discipline against students.
  • Carl Robinson has been driving a Prince George’s County school bus for about 10 years and, like many other bus drivers, has had to deal with discipline problems while transporting students to and from school. . . . Robinson recounted one incident last year that sticks in his mind.

    ‘‘This was a kid who was fighting on the bus ... and I broke up the fight,” Robinson said. ‘‘He turns around and threatens me, telling me he’s going to ‘put my lights out.’

    ‘‘The kid was not suspended.”

    Robinson said that during a teleconference with the mother, student and school administrators the offending eighth-grade student admitted his wrongdoing. Still the child was allowed to ride the bus.
    [. . .]
    County police say the number of bus drivers seeking assistance to tame rowdy students is increasing. . . .
    [. . .].

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