## Bullied bus monitor

The woman makes $15,000.oo a year and ya'll debate procedures and whether she is doing her job or not. I feel so sorry for you if you think it is so hard to find competent slaves and masters these days.  Quote by wuliheron The woman makes$15,000.oo a year and ya'll debate procedures and whether she is doing her job or not. I feel so sorry for you if you think it is so hard to find competent slaves and masters these days.
non sequitur.

I don't follow your logic. So, people who make $15,000 a year don't have job requirements? Granted the requirement may be only$15,000 worth, but where is it said that they aren't obliged to be able to meet them? If not, why bother making the position at all? Why not just put up a scarecrow?

I think you are attributing some form of judgement to "us" that we are not doing.

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 Quote by DaveC426913 non sequitur. I don't follow your logic. So, people who make $15,000 a year don't have job requirements? Granted the requirement may be only$15,000 worth, but where is it said that they aren't obliged to be able to meet them? If not, why bother making the position at all? Why not just put up a scarecrow? I think you are attributing some form of judgement to "us" that we are not doing.
We don't know the restrictions on what the driver and monitor can do.

 Quote by Evo We don't know the restrictions on what the driver and monitor can do.
They can stop the bus and call the authorities. That is certainly proper default procedure in the absence of any other procedures.

Like I said: I do sympathize with her, and it renews my faith in humanity that people showed such an outpouring of concern over such an awful thing.

But the dispassionate, rational side of me keeps asking what was supposed to have happened in that situation.
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 Quote by DaveC426913 They can stop the bus and call the authorities. That is certainly proper default procedure in the absence of any other procedures.
Where is that "proper default procedure"? Stopping the bus and calling the "authorities"? Who are these "authorities"? Police wouldn't be dispatched because a few kids are calling someone fat. Please link to where you are getting your information, I'd like to read it.
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 Quote by DaveC426913 non sequitur. I don't follow your logic. So, people who make $15,000 a year don't have job requirements? Granted the requirement may be only$15,000 worth, but where is it said that they aren't obliged to be able to meet them? If not, why bother making the position at all? Why not just put up a scarecrow? I think you are attributing some form of judgement to "us" that we are not doing.
For \$15,000.oo a year you'll be lucky if her job requirements include much more than keeping the kids in their seats and preventing them from beating each other up or threatening the safe operation of the vehicle. My guess is she could take down names and report them to the school administration, but otherwise she can't do squat. If it were a public bus the driver could just pull over and demand they get off, but it isn't a public bus and these are children.
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 Why didnt she just stand up and say 'shut up you insufferable little punks'?
It's very likely that such a thing would have cost her her job.
 What a joke. Waitresses and waiters routinely have to deal with outraged customers who blame them if the cook screws up. It's part of the job and if they can't deal with it they'll be fired. The same with customer service or whatever. No different then a politician or movie star having to put up with paparazzi getting in the face everyday. They can't call the police every time jerks get in their faces. That it sometimes gets out of hand goes without saying and unless society wants to start demanding an end to such things it will continue, especially for low paying jobs and those in the lime light. Even cops get paid to be as tolerant as reasonably possible when people get in their faces. Blaming the victim, the authorities, or whatever is pointless when it is a widely accepted cultural practice and denying it is a widely accepted cultural practice is equally pointless.

 Quote by wuliheron What a joke. Waitresses and waiters routinely have to deal with outraged customers who blame them if the cook screws up. It's part of the job and if they can't deal with it they'll be fired. The same with customer service or whatever.
There's a difference between one insult and a tirade of bullying - especially in an enclosed space when there's nowhere to retreat to. Get enough kids together with enough gumption and it can even become a swarming (not that this was, but there's a danger to be considered).

I'd say this definitely falls squarely into the middle category. It was much more than one insult, it lasted an extended time, and it was at the hands of multiple aggressors (4), and there was no immediate way to retreat.

Oh yeah, and there is the issue of actual assault. The kid did poke her. Granted, it's not a slam dunk but assault is "... an act intended to cause an apprehension of harmful or offensive contact that causes apprehension of such contact in the victim. ..."
One can be charged with assault with ever making physical contact.

No matter how you cut it, this is way different from any waiter staff or customer service.

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 Quote by DaveC426913 ... No matter how you cut it ...
Speaking of cutting, not only did one of the kids poke her (which was kind of weird), but they were, even if it was in a joking manner, talking about cutting her open with a knife, and asked where she lived so that they could break into her home.

Not that you can accurately determine whether any of that was serious or not, but it was said nonetheless.
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