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Bullied On School Bus

October 4, 2010

Its all over the news again.  Horrific stories of children being mercilessly bullied, sometimes to the breaking point.

Recently, an Orlando man, outraged by the bullying abuse of his 12 year old disabled daughter (being smacked, spit on, being pelted with open condoms), stormed on her bus and verbally vented some of his fury at her tormentors. You can watch the video here:

Predictably, he was the one arrested, and school administrators are doing the denial dance, saying they had no idea there was a problem.

James Jones, the father of the bullied girl, has apologized for losing his temper and retained an attorney.  His family now faces financial destruction as a result of the legal battle he now faces.

In my opinion, apologizing was a HUGE mistake.  His daughter (and now his entire family) are the victims here.  I believe he acted in a way consistent with what any parent would do when their child faces a serious and imminent threat.  But he was probably acting on the advice of council who told him that the legal system is sometimes more lenient on people who supplicate themselves.

The school administrators aren’t losing any sleep- after all, they’ve got the “ignorant and blameless” defense in full force, and they can show that their school has a “tough anti-bullying policy” in place.  For all the good it does.  Which is no good at all.

The bullies are yucking it up, and still doing their thing.  I’m sure the bus is still looks like a kennel of dogs on crack. No consequences there, either.


Here’s a clip from the Jones family appearing on the Today Show.  Heartbreaking, pretty much as you’d expect.  But pay special attention to Mat Laurer’s comment at 4:32

“… we’d all like to wrap our kids in a protective bubble… but isn’t there a time when we have to let them fend for themselves?”


Are you suggesting a 12 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy “fend for herself” against a pack of vicious thugs?  Seriously?