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What Should Happen to Juvenile Bullies of Bus Monitor?

A group of middle schoolers in upstate New York who tormented an elderly bus monitor on Monday had the tables turned on them when they uploaded a video of their actions to Facebook.

A video of a group of middle schoolers from upstate New York tormenting a elderly bus monitor has had repercussions nobody expected. The video, uploaded to Facebook by the bullies themselves, went viral, turning the tables completely on the bullies.

According to a story in the Christian Science Monitor, sympathy began pouring in for the 68-year-old grandmother who was the target of their attack. With it, followed a flood of donations -- more than $360,000 and counting by Thursday evening.  The site had been set up just to raise enough money to send her on a vacation, but by the time it’s finished she could probably retire.

The video (see Youtube) went on for 10 minutes with the group of middle schoolers cursing and taunting the woman as she sat quietly and cried. Despite it all, however, she does not want to give up her job and nor does she want the students charged. (Warning - offensive and obscene language)

Our question is, after watching the video and seeing what the elderly bus monitor was put through by the students, what do you think their punishment should be?

Sharon Swanepoel June 23, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I just went to Walmart in Monroe and there was some packaging in the bottom of the buggy. I started to empty it and a young boy, probably 9 or 10, said, "Here, let me help you with that." He emptied the buggy and threw the trash away before following his mother into the store. I don't know who he is, but he absolutely renewed my faith in our youth. This episode with the bus monitor really shocked me, so I was especially gratified by the respect of this young boy. Whoever he is, and his parents, I would like to say, thank you - you made my day!
M.K. OSBORNE June 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
We should all make a big deal of good behavior and manners as much as we get appalled at the bad .Its kind of like good customer service vs bad as far as being vocalized .One kid many years ago helped me out of the blue , so i thanked him in front of his parents and let them know they were doing a good job , found out what school he attended and wrote a letter to the Principal to further recognize him , and yes i followed through to make sure it was completed.
Tammy Osier June 24, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I am an Elementary school P.E. Coach and we spend a lot of time calling out kids that exemplify over and above behavior. There was one kid that stayed in trouble all the time. We made sure that he understood consequences and enforced quickly and precisely. But at the same time, when he did well, we made sure that he knew that we noticed. We worked with him all year, and at the end of the year had the privilege to give him one of the highest awards that we give in our department. We also got a letter from him thanking us for disciplining him, and not giving up on him. The young man wants to be a Police Officer when he grows up so we tried to use a lot of the things he learned from the consequences to help him understand how it will help him or hinder him in his future endeavors.
M.K. OSBORNE June 24, 2012 at 03:36 AM
consistency is the key to good and bad behavior , follow through is the fuel that will empower the child to make the choice.
Ray Sunshine June 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Any consequences for these boys? Clearly they have not been taught to respect ones elders. How do they treat children? The one dad I heard speak, spoke of his embarrasment. Mmmmmmmm, I detect a selfish man here. He made this issue about himself and his embarrassment. I heard nothing about restitution or punishment for his sons crime of bullying. A written apology would be the first order of business in my home, then my son would be at her home for the rest of the summer mowing her yard, cleaning gutters and shoveling snow, plus walking to school. Sad.........no punishment.....we'll be seeing more bad behavoir out of this gang of goons.

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