James Jones is facing criminal charges for climbing on a school bus and throwing a big ol' hissy.
Is this the wrong time to mention I kind of heart him?
I mean, he was wrong, totally wrong. But also kind of right . . .
He climbed on his daughter's bus and started screaming at the kids, using "profane" language and basically just going batshit crazy.
But according to Orlando TV station WESH, the other kids put open condoms on his daughter's head and hurt her by smacking her on the back of her head and twisting her ear.
As a parent, that's like a declaration of war.
Just last week my daughter's best friend told his mom that a little boy had thrown sand in my daughter's face. I heard this via a Facebook message from said mom, and it was a hold the phone moment with a side order of steam from the ears and nose.
Here I thought I'd gotten the skinny on "what happened at school today?"
And now I had a kid to kill.
Or at least kick him in the shins and run away.
See, I get where Mr. Jones was coming from. You don't always get a full report from the school (mine came from the mouth of another 5-year-old for cripes' sakes), and all too often there's been no supervisory intervention at all.
It's tough on a bus in particular because a driver has her eyes on the road -- that's her job. I remember the stuff that went on on buses as a kid, it wasn't pretty. If Jones' school district is anything like mine, there's no funding for bus aides.
It's that driver driving, and a bunch of kids playing bully in the backseats, taking advantage of the extra-tall seats installed in buses around America to protect our kids in case of an accident.
Jones has said he's sorry for taking matters into his own hands, and he's taking his criminal charges in stride.
So before you judge him, how about a big round of applause?
You thought it. He did it.
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