Addressing School Bus Behavior

Addressing School Bus Behavior

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Parents and others spoke out on behalf of a bus driver who is out of a job after he was caught on camera scolding Wiley Intermediate students on October 1.

On 7 News' Facebook page, one viewer wrote in to say, “The way society coddles the children these days is ridiculous.”

And another viewer added, “Start kicking kids off the bus for their behavior.”

Local administrators understand that the job isn't easy.

“Being a bus driver is definitely a stressful job. I think to put it in perspective, you go from a setting where there is 15 to 30 kids in a classroom for one teacher and there can be upwards of 50-60 kids on a bus,” said Jason Ring, assistant superintendent for personnel and transportation at the Watertown City School District. 

As a routine safety measure, First Student bus drivers will be at Wiley Intermediate School Thursday to talk about bus safety and bus behavior.

“This is not a direct response to that situation. This is something that we would do at any school at the beginning of the school year,” said Ring.

Bus drivers are taught how to de-escalate problems that arise on a bus.

“Bus driving is a very difficult job. We train to – as I said – de-escalate the situation, get to know the kids, formulate a relationship with the kids so that they will respond to you favorably,” said David Christopher, executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. 

That, or risk being caught on camera. 

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