Mother Outraged Over Alleged School Bus Discipline

A Southern Kentucky mother is furious after she says her son was forced by a bus driver to walk behind the bus on the way to elementary school.

The mother, Tara Warriner, says her son was asked to get off of the bus for misbehaving on the way to school in Russell Springs. School officials say they've taken care of the situation, but Warriner says the driver needs further repercussions for making her 7 year old walk in the road for 5 minutes. The Russell County school superintendent says the boy did not have to walk at all.

"There was a minor discipline problem with a child on a school bus. The bus driver, in a repeated attempt to get the child to sit down, ask the child to step off the bus to get his attention, then the child was taken back home," said Superintendent Scott Pierce.

Warriner says this is the second time her son has been made to walk behind the bus, but school officials say they're not aware of an earlier incident.


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  • by BD Location: NC on Mar 25, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    As a bus driver myself I know what it is like to report unruley behavior and it be tossed aside like it is nothing. We have limits just like everyone else does. NO ONE knows what it is like until they drive 45 middle/high school kids everyday. You get cussed out, disrepected and ran over. I love my job but WHY should I have to go through that when nothing is being done to prevent it?
  • by dw Location: HOI on Nov 7, 2008 at 05:36 PM
    As a bus driver myself, the driver should have called into base to report this. Have base call the parents and have a meeting spot so that the parents can take the child to school themselves. As to having the child walk behind the bus, that is so wrong. What if another driver would have lost control over their vehicle and hit the child? We have problems with children, just like all bus drivers do, so we had 2 inbedded car seats (inside the seat themselves but hidden) placed in the bus. If we needed them, we used them. Use them once and the children know they will be used again. This has nothing to do with ADHD, totally. Some children have it, most do not (I have two that do but I do not have problems with my children). Discipline starts in the home, but because of DCFS we are not allowed to discipline our children properly. Plus the children need to be showed respect. If they're not shown, they won't show it either.
  • by sanyo Location: walter on Apr 29, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    In hindsight it was inappropriate to allow the child out of the but. However, it seems that the driver was still considerte allowing the child to walk alongside or behind. He might have been keeping an eye on him. Remove the blame from this-(edited) happens. Child misbehaves-he loses the luxury of the ride. I wouldn't want it to be my child but I'd rather him walk than have other students endangered because of his unruliness. I'd rather the school pay me if he was injured than me have to express regret to any parent because of what my child did. On another note: I don't quite get how parents can spend 9 months deforming or inconveniencing themselves plus 24hrs for labor and not make (edited) sure that what develops after is not the best part/reflection of them. Some parents{not too many}are simply selfish-they raise the children only for themselves.No one else can deal with thier child's nonsense. I hope this is not what was happening here.
  • by ls Location: KY on Apr 20, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    It is easy to blame a parent. You can't be with children 24/7. Also, if a parents spanks their children in front of the teachers or bus drivers, social services may be called on them. They think they have the right to paddle your child, but they don't think you have the same right. In my opinion, a little spanking won't kill anyone. There is a difference between spanking and beating. But, I don't want them to have the right to spank my child and me not have that right. I think there is a huge discipline problem with children and I think the courts have caused a lot of this problem by poking their noses where it doesn't belong. As for this little 7 year old, he should never had been allowed to walk behind a bus. Now that is child abuse. He could have been killed easily. His parents or the principal of the school should have been called to come and pick the child up. The person driving the bus, showed little regard to the safety of this child. He should be fired.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Apr 20, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    Here we go again with the ADHD theme. Could it be that there is a correlation between the rise in ADHD and the lack of discipline regarding children? Guess what we had a system that cured 7 out of 10 cases of ADHD when I attended school, it was about a foot long and made of wood, it didn't damage our livers, and didn't cost our parents a penny, and was extremely effective.
  • by Retired Educator Location: E. Ky on Apr 20, 2008 at 02:46 AM
    Hey Lynn, Yes, the parents are a big part of the PROBLEM. Have you been a teacher, bus driver, or other school employee? Have you experienced the arrogance, disrespect and abuse of these ,yes, 7-8-9 year olds, dish out every day? They are very aware that these adults have no "real" authority. This is because you have too many of these people who call themselves parents kicking up a fuss and the kids know that Mom will be down here and kick these peoples butts. Where does this leave the kid who is there to learn and who behaves as he/she should? Left behind..thats where. Remember NCLB...our good students are LEFT BEHIND, while everyone concentrates on these brats..I am disgusted with the whole thing...get a grip and take care of your kids and teach them how to behave and do them a big favor!!
  • by BARRY Location: FLOYD COUNTY on Apr 19, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    GOOD FOR THE BUS DRIVER. IF PARENTS WOULD TEACH THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO ACT AND DISCIPLINE THEM AT HOME THEY WOULD'NT ACT LIKE IDIOTS WHEN THEY GET OUT IN PUBLIC.ALSO I THINK THE SCHOOLS NEED TO BRING BACK PADDLES AND BUST SOME A---S! THE LACK OF DISCIPLINE IS WHATS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD TODAY!
  • by Angie Location: Pburg on Apr 19, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    This bus driver should have had enough sense to pull over to the side of the road, walk up to the 7 year old and march him right up to the front seat and then called for someone to come out and get the child. There is absolutely no excuse for what happened to this child. You all can sit and blame the kid all u want, but the fact is he's still a kid and this bus driver is an adult who should know better than to do something like that! How many of you super parents out there who are insulting this mother have ever had a complaint about your own children? And how many of you put ur children out on the side of the road every time they act out in the car? As a parent myself, there are times my children aren't on their best behavior and act out, and believe me they receive their due punishment for it, whether their at school or at home! Yes as parents it is our responsibility to teach our children manners, but it is the job of school officials to keep our children safe while in their care!
  • by jim Location: eastern on Apr 19, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    to reality: it is not illegal to put a student off the bus for misbeaving.they can b let off in a safe location.we would have less problems on the bus and at school if PARENTS would do their job at home,and teach their childern how to act,but of course some parents act worse than their childern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Me Location: Jackson Co on Apr 19, 2008 at 09:17 AM
    Many here seem to think it's a certainty that the bus driver did as he was accused and made the child walk. In the story I read, the mother is accusing and the bus driver has denied it. I think it's a little premature to sentence the bus driver just yet. If he did make the child walk behind the bus, then I agree that isn't appropriate. It's been many yrs since I rode a bus, but we had the same respect for bus drivers as we did teachers then. We minded them and sat still when told, because we knew there were consequences otherwise. But then, the bus drivers and teachers were allowed to display their paddles in plain view back then too! (although rarely used, it was still a reminder) I believe so many children are not being taught to respect others. Instead, some parents only offer excuses for their behavior. I'd love to see more parents show the right example to kids and teach respect. Maybe even take them to church? Let them learn there are consequences for our behavior - here and later

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