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Bus incident handled swiftly

Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 7:32 AM

It was somewhat startling to hear Shelbyville police called Friday afternoon to handle a situation involving a school bus -- in front of my home.

The bus drove one block after the call was dispatched, to the intersection of Tulip Tree Drive and Glenoaks Road, before three police cruisers arrived.

Neighbors and backed-up traffic watched as officers boarded the bus and removed three teenage boys.

Officers frisked, but didn't handcuff, the boys before taking them to police headquarters, two on one cruiser and one in another. Police told me nothing involving weapons occurred; the boys' parents were called and officers made a few things clear to all before letting them leave.

The bus driver made the right move by calling authorities. Trouble on school buses should always be handled swiftly and strongly.

But things shouldn't escalate to the point police need to be called; for that matter, it speaks poorly of our world today that full-time officers are needed in schools.


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I would not want to drive a school bus. I think the bus driver did the right thing as well. It's a demanding task to attempt to control the behavior of 50+ kids, while driving. Talk about a major distraction! I doubt there's money in the school budget to hire bus monitors. I hope these young men lost their privilege to ride the bus. They put all the lives on that bus in danger by causing a distraction to the driver.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 9:05 AM

I agree! My 3 kids are distracting enough and they're strapped in.

By bus monitor, I assume that you're speaking of a real person on board to assist the driver rather than a camera or other monitoring device. I think an assistant would be great!

-- Posted by pleasebenice on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 10:03 AM

People always say that the little things that change in a community make no difference. Out society has slowly changed to point that we can not point a finger at any one thing for this type of disturbance, but I can guarantee you that during 12 years of riding the bus as a child, we never had to call the police to control the issue.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 11:08 AM

Do we have camera monitoring on all buses now? I don't think we can justify budgeting a person to serve as "Monitor" for every school bus.

If they have Cameras on all buses they should also equip them with audio recorders, then implement a zero tolerance policy. If kids become unruly then ban them from the bus for one year. If a parent is made to become responsible for that child getting to school I can promise attitude adjustment by school faculty will not be necessary in the future.

-- Posted by tgreader on Tue, Jan 15, 2008, at 11:13 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.