I was checking email the other day when I saw this story (that you probably have seen by now) trending about a bus monitor named Karen Klein who was bullied by very children she was trying monitor. Despite there being no fighting, this video is downright disturbing; to say this video pissed me off would be a SEVERE understatement.
After watching the video I just looked at comments on some of the different sites where the video was going viral. One thing seemed very clear, people were angry, disgusted, and appalled with these children’s behavior. I read one comment that said we should pray for these kids. Umm…no, I say screw that! These kids don’t need prayer, they don’t need counseling, they need parents that will break a foot off in their disrepecful, middle school asses. Did you hear how they were talking to her?? I simply couldn’t believe how they were talking to a adult in a position of authority but that they would talk to an elderly woman this way…Karen is 68 years old! And for one of the kids to have the audacity to post that shit on YouTube like what they were doing was cool? Oh my God!
I swear if I were on that bus, I would have lost my job that day…period. I would have told the kids several times (as firmly as I possibly could) to stop, which I know they probably wouldn’t have. I would then proceed to snatch ring leader out of his seat and proceed to smack him the way his parents clearly aren’t doing. If the other kids jumped in, so be it they could get some, too. It would be the 1st and Last Annual “Mr. Ash vs. Disrespectful Kids School Bus Brawl.”
Honestly, I would never even fathom talking to any teacher or adult like that. You can think whatever you want, but I was taught not to talk to adults like that, not in the family I came from. I’d be scared to even try it! Why? Because when I was growing up, my parents gave a shit. The last thing my folks ever had to worry about was if one my three siblings or I was being disrespectful to any adult: at the school, on the school bus, or in general.
I came from a household where if you did something stupid enough (i.e.-back talk to Mom or Dad)…expect to get to get popped for it. No kid likes getting spanked, but you know what? I am glad my parents cared enough to do it. Of course I wasn’t getting spanked as a teenager, because by that point it was pretty much ingrained. But Mom, Dad, thanks for spankings, and the occasional tongue lashings because I didn’t grow up to be a disrespectful, foolish, brat like any of the kids in this video.
Honestly, I hope each one of those kids gets what’s coming to them. Yes, it may sound harsh, but I 200% mean that! Teachers and adults all over the US have to deal with this kind of crap day in and day out for salaries that don’t match the job. IT SUCKS! It’s no wonder there’s a shortage of good teachers. I stopped teaching public school in the U.S., and won’t ever do it again. I was fed up with having to do more disciplining than teaching, a job that a good parent should be doing. I don’t mind overly enthusiastic kids, I don’t mind loud kids, playful kids, or even lazy kids, but one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT TOLERATE is disrespect. It really just gets under my skin.
Despite graduating from college with honors, I remember having to do janitorial work for a brief time after college when I couldn’t find a job I really wanted to do (check out my about me page). Yes, the pay was low and yes people kinda look down on you. But you know what? I would go back to being a janitor before I ever set foot in the Georgia public school system again. I’m not even joking. Teaching loads of kids can sometimes be a challenge even when the students are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, adding misbehavior and disrespect to the mix is a recipe for a heaping helping of teaching hell.
Yes, I know that all public schools in America aren’t like this and yes I know there are amazing students with amazing parents…this rant isn’t directed at those schools or those students & parents. This goes out to those parents who are more concerned with being your kid’s friend than giving them the discipline they need to become responsible, respectable young adults. This rant goes out to those kids who make your teacher’s job a living hell every day because you can’t behave worth a damn. This rant goes “parents” who don’t really parent at all.
Why the hell do things like this even happen? Sure my students here in Japan like to play the kancho game (finger-enema game, which is not funny to me even in the slightest) but I don’t have disrespectful kids. I know all schools in Japan aren’t like mine, but I’m willing to bet money that the majority of them are. I think one of the reasons why my Japanese students are so respectful isn’t because of spankings, but parents who are INCREDIBLY involved in what they do. My shogakko, elementary school, has the most active Parent Teacher Association (PTA…it’s even called PTA in Japanese) I have ever seen. I see parents ALL THE TIME. These parents come to school events with their kids (sometimes even on Saturdays), they have conferences, they videotape their kids, reprimand their kids, and really take care of them. Even with the students that are “bad,” their parents are at the school all the time, trying to make things right.
I was so happy to see people show their support for Karen. I particularly liked the fundraiser to get Karen the vacation of a lifetime. I hope that fund gives her so much money that she can quit her job and not have to ever deal with kids like this again. Sixty-eight is already past the standard retirement age.
Every generation of adults thinks that the kids of the new generation are worse than they were. Seeing this video makes me think that’s true.
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