Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Driving a school bus is a new experience for me and I took over a route for a driver who was leaving after having had this route for 6 years. These kids grew up with Mr. Bob and did not take well to the change.
I've been able to handle the little trials and defiance which I expected. But, I was totally taken off guard when one of my students (who until this point was pleasant and helpful) yelled out, to the rest of the bus "the bus driver don't like black people!" Despite me telling her to sit down and calm herself, she pressed on yelling out , "bus driver said she gonna slap the black right off you," and other derrogatory, inflammatory and completely untrue statements. This encouraged other black students to join in her tyrade. Then, she turned her attention to berating a few of the meeker 6th grade white boys calling them names which I cannot repeat in this forum. No amount of discipline would shut her or the others up and the next thing I knew, kids were getting ready to come to blows. Thankfully, I was at the next stop and most of the riotous kids left the bus. Once they did, the rest of them settled down. I had to write a full report and sit down with the principal the next morning. The instigators were suspended from both bus and school for the remainder of the week. We live in downstate Delaware in a very rural area; but the Jr. High kids all think they have something to prove and kno everything there is to know about life.
Completely separate from that...we know sooner got the kids to school on Tuesday, and we were sent back to the high school to evacuate them because someone had emailed a bomb threat to the district website. We had to shuttle them to other area schools for a few hours. Once the bomb dogs and cops cleared the building and grounds, we had to shuttle them back to shool. Shortly afterwards, it was time to take them all home. On Friday, the same thing happened all over again except this time threats were called to 3 area high schools all within 90 minutes of each other. Really...what are these peopl thinking??? In this post 9/11 world, bomb threats and terroristic threatening is no joke. I hope they catch the perpetrators of the hoax(s) and make a BIG example of them.
As if all this wasn't enough, my normally well behaved elementary students were all riled up like nobody's business. "Mrs. B, he's touching me...Mrs. B, she won't let me sit here...Mrs. B, (insert really loud banshee scream here) th girl behind me is touching my leg...Mrs. B...Mrs. B...Mrs. B!!!" Oh Lord...CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!! "Attention On The Bus!!! From this moment forward, there will be AB-SO-LUTE SILENCE on this bus! I don't even want to hear you breathing!" And a great peace fell upon the bus.
Throughout the whole week, I was dealing with allergy attacks. Wednesday morning I woke up with a sinus headache which stayed with me through Saturday afternoon.
My patience and attention span were tenuous at best. My workout buddy was dealing with a stomach bug and unable to meet up as planned and so my exercise and diet efforts went right out the window.
I think...okay, I HOPE...that last week was the worst I'll have to face. There are only 16 school days left to the year. As for the here and now, I am trying hard to stick to my original plan of diet, exercise and journaling. I am not going to let these trials ge the best of me. I have goals and I want to meet, or exceed, them as gracefully and proudly as I can possibly do it.