Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

School Boy Gets Schooled On Unruly Behavior

Judge turns tables on driver’s schoolboy accuser.  New Zealand Herald.

Looks like those on the other side of the equator appear to be battling the same social political correctness that has allowed unruliness to become the norm without fear of reprisal.  Except this time, a judge took the side of respect and common sense.

A school bus driver intervened between two boys pulling a girls hair.  Logic would dictate that physical bullying would warrant adult intervention.

“I went over and touched the boy on the arm to attract his attention, and that was the assault.”

When the boy did not respond to being told to stop, “I threatened to hit him in the ribs, and he flinched and let the kid’s hair go to protect his ribs”, Mr McCorkindale said.

“But I never touched him again.”

The kids called the police who were waiting for the bus driver at the end of the route.  Fast forward after charges were filed against the driver for assault to a court showing.  The judge wasted little time in admonishing the boy and sent him the way of the bars.

Instead, he told the boy he should be “thoroughly ashamed” of himself and had a policeman take him to the cells…

Relieved charges were thrown out, but not with the legal bills, the bus driver noted the senseless attitude of bullying being promoted by officials.

“You can’t do a bloody thing,” he said. “It’s better to hop out of the bus and leave them to it. See nothing.

He also brought up the most salient issue.

“The days of sit down, shut up, do as you are told, are gone. When I was going to school, you did what you were told. Now, you sometimes do as you’re asked – if it suits you.”

Will parents begin to instill respectful behavior in their children?  Or will incorrigible kids exercise entitlement to their mood and pleasure?