Another Bus Driver Flips Out, So Please Teach Your Kids to Be Kind to Them (VIDEO)

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Baltimore bus driverMental note to self: in addition to pregnant women, strippers, drag queens and homeless people, put bus drivers on the list of folks I will never, ever break tough or talk sassy to. They’re snapping out all over the country, kicking tail and poo-pooing the consequences because they have to know, just like the rest of us, that in the age of the handy dandy camera phone, everybody and their granddaddy has become an on-the-ground reporter. So when they act out like they’ve been doing so frequently, they will inadvertently go down in YouTube infamy.

The latest installment of public transportation workers gone wild comes courtesy of the MTA system in Baltimore, where a stocky, middle-aged driver physically fought and gave the business to a young girl on board, allegedly for refusing to turn her music down. In the more than minute long clip, they go. at. it. Warning: If you don’t like fights, don’t watch. It’s kinda rough. 

“It’s about respect,” the uniformed victor explained to another passenger, who ostensibly asked her why she whooped on that child like she stole something.

Indeed, it is about respect. I don’t condone grown women snapping out and beating the living bejesus out of anybody, much less citizens on the bus, no matter how old they are. I was outraged when Shi’dea Lane was on the receiving end of the upper cut heard around the internet and I was flabbergasted watching this girl get tossed around by a lady apparently old enough to be her mama. I am vehemently opposed to violence against women, no matter who the aggressor is (though the Lane incident also exposed a disappointing fraternity of people—both male and female, including a surprising number of Stir readers—who defended Artis Hughes’ notorious punch).

But the victims in both cases had something in common: they let nasty attitudes and bad behavior get them tangled up with individuals who preferred to respond with their hands.   

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is an epidemic of disrespectful behavior running wild and unchecked among our young people. Is it peer pressure? Is it lack of home training? Is it just not giving a hot damn? It may be one of them, it may be a combination of all of the above. But our kids are bumping up against folks who are clearly tired of tolerating it. I’m not defending this bus driver’s decision to go all WWE and start handing out beatdowns. At the root, she was at work and what a little slice of anarchy we would be living in if we all just started mollywhopping folks who plucked our last crucial nerve on the job. Lord knows I would’ve been the star of somebody’s YouTube video somewhere along the line.

Aside from that, though, I’ve seen the shift in the way young adults, teenagers, and kids talk to their elders, buck the rules passed down by authorities, and treat each other. Look at the students who felt it well within their right to physically harass their substitute teacher last week. Look at how many kids are being bullied venomously, mercilessly. Look at the root cause of these big public flare-ups, which boils down to lack of respect.

If this were my daughter, I'd be mad 1) at the obvious aggressor but also 2) at her for acting like she wasn't raised to act better. At the risk of sounding like an old fogie—and I’m not even that old—our kids need a refresher on how to treat and talk to other people. It’s either that or run the risk of being on the wrong end of somebody else’s fed-up fist. 

Was this bus driver out of line or did she teach this girl a hard-learned lesson? 

behavior, bullies, discipline, in the news, safety, teens


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4cadi... 4cadillac

This bus driver & the male driver from the other situation were both wrong!!! We as adults forgets that we are the adults & are the leaders. Now both of these bus drivers have made a mistake that has cost them their jobs & changed their lives 4ever. I understand people of all ages disrespect each other left & right but the bigger (maturer) person needs 2 take the high road & not make a bad decision that could cost them their future.

nonmember avatar Christie

Both bus drivers were dead wrongBoth bus drivers were dead wrong. People who act out like that WANT a reaction out of you. The best thing to do and the way to stop the behavior is to completely ignore it and do not give them what they want. It's pretty simple actually, I knew this at a very young age due to the fact we always had toddlers in our home (my family took foster children) and the best way to stop their bad behavior, assuming it's not harmful behavior, is to ignore it.

corri... corrinacs

I agree, the drivers were wrong......but honestly, what made them get to that point?  We need to find ways of disciplining these children better apparently.  

I mean, fights broke out when I rode the bus in Elementary school......but honestly, the other kids were a bunch of do you manage those children in the classrooms?  They have NO respect for anyone, because thier parents never taught them any......

My curiosity is how the education system plans on dealing with these children....these children are only taking away from the quality of education that the rest of respectful children :/.  I know we can't just say 'they aren't allowed in our doors" because they obviously need the education system the most.......but how do you manage them?  That's the question.

Megan Lee

I deal with shitty people everyday... But do you see me throwing kicks and punches and holding them up against walls.
This woman was out of control.
She should have done her job and either pulled over and called the authorities (if the kid was really being that bad) or pulled over and kicked her off.
Her reaction was juvenile and only proves that she isn't fit for the job.

nonmember avatar Jenna

Please don't put pregnant women into the same categories as strippers and bums.

tuffy... tuffymama

If adults aren't expected to keep their hands to themselves, how can we expect young people to behave? This fat bitch would be on the sidewalk looking for her teeth if she did that to my kid. My DH wouldn't let that go. Big as a man, throwing punches on children? She can take a beating like a man, then. POS.


It's about respect,that sums it up,some teens need to be taught this lesson, and no I don't think the bus driver was wrong at all,way to go teach those little assholes they don't run the world.Yes, I think kids need more discipline and some people should not be allowed to parent.

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