Is bullying common on buses?

What would you do if there was bullying on your child's bus? Have you heard this to be common on buses?


Asked by Anonymous at 12:50 PM on Mar. 2, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Well actually my sister has dealt with this on the bus with her oldest. A older boy kept grabbing her sons ears and pulling them. My sister finally told the bus driver if you don't move my son or the other kid I am going to start riding the bus to make sure my son is safe. Then she went to the school supertendant

    Answer by leelee107 at 4:15 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • My daughter isn't being bullied on the bus but during recess. I talked to the principal and I informed the teacher of the problem. When they principal failed to take my daughter being hit seriously, I went and talked to the Superentendent about it. If he fails to help resolve the issue I am going to the board of education. I think you should make the bus driver aware, then notify the principal and teacher. Since it is being done on the school bus the principal can talk to the bully or suspend the bully from riding the bus for X ammount of days. If the bullying continues just keeping going everyones head until the situation is resolved.
    I do think it is common. The bus driver is trying to drive, so the driver isn't paying much attention to the kids in the back. My friend lit up a cigarette on the bus when we were in school and the driver was oblivious to it.

    Answer by PoisonousBlonde at 4:24 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • My kids don't ride the bus. I'm fortunate enough to be able to provide transportation myself. I had several negative bus riding experiences as a child. I think I would attend a PTA meeting and bring it up. Maybe you could get parents to be more aware of this problem. A possible resolution may be to have bus monitors riding the busses.

    Answer by sparrowprincess at 10:49 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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  • my daughter has been called fat, my other daughter the teacher holds up her grades and shows them to the entire class and says well i guess allie had more imprtant things on her mind that what i assigned then starts ripping out what her assignement was. then after allie's art class she came back to allison desk and and grabbed the art folder allie was trying to put away and showed it to the whole class and (allie was crying the whole time) she ripped out every thing allie had in her art notebook. i don't weather to homeschool or just go to the head of the school. science the beginning of the year i had been talking to the principal and the teachers and it don't help not with my yougest or with my oldest daughter. or should i just change schools? help me someone!!!!!!!!!! Thank You. God Bless You!!!!!!!!!!

    Answer by irishtripletwow at 3:21 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • I've dealt with bullying on the bus with all 3 of my children. I went to the Principal & when it was not taken care of in the proper manner I decided to just drive my kids to & from school everyday. I also got a p/t job as a Noon Duty at their school as well as volunteering in all 3 of their classrooms. It helped put an end to it.

    Answer by bookworm65 at 5:30 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Yes in my area its common. If you are concerned make a point to speak with the bus driver if something happens and the bus driver shrugs it off go to the school. My niece had a bully problem and no one would do anything about it to my sister actually talked to the childs parents and when that didnt work she told my niece to handle it herself. Sometimes where they live (in the middle of nowhere land) thats the only way something gets resolved we don't support fighting at all but if it comes to it then it comes to it.

    Answer by nolika625 at 7:50 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Irish: I dealt with an awful teacher when I was in 2nd grade and it still affects me to this day. My mom went in with the teacher and principal and confronted that witch face to face. She had talked to other parents (who talked to their kids) and turned up I was getting slapped on the hands, butt, and belittled almost everyday. We assume that sending our children to school they are in a safe, loving, environment like at home and I am here to tell you that is NOT THE CASE. Get your daughter out of there if the school continues to ignore the problem. It could damage her greatly in the long run!! Last resort, and I would do it in a heart beat if I was in your shoes is to threaten them with a lawsuit for emotional damage. To anyone for schools. I know that our teachers, and administration have an enormous load of responsibility, but like anywhere else on earth.... there is almost ALWAYS one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

    Answer by cksem at 7:52 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • It wasn't a problem on the bus, but at recess. It started in 2nd grade and the teacher ignored it because she didn't see it so it wasn't happening. I went to school and talked to the teacher and told her to stop the issue or I was filing a formal complaint. She did her job. In 4th grade my son was being bullied by 4 girls, I told the teacher and her and the principal and I watched at recess for a few days to see what was going on and then the teacher and principal pulled the 4 girls and my son together and had them all sit down and talk. It worked and my son actually became friends with one of the girls. If the teacher or principal won't do anything go to the Superintendent of schools or as high up as you need to go. Start volunteering at the school and you will find out all you need to know.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 3:50 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Tell the bus driver and the bus driver's supervisor and the principal. There are bully laws that can be enforced. This happened to my grandson and my dd put a stop to it real quick

    Answer by admckenzie at 4:04 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Yes, bullying is common on school buses. One problem is that the bus driver has to pay attention to the road - and the kids know this. Drivers are also completely outnumbered and just can't pay attention to what the kids are doing all the time. It is a perfect opportunity for some kids to mis-behave. One thing you could do is volunteer to ride the bus as a monitor. Maybe get a few other moms to do this too and trade days. You could just drive your kids to school to keep them off the bus, but if you ride the bus, you can help keep other people's children from being bullied too.

    Answer by FlyMom07 at 7:11 AM on Mar. 4, 2009

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