What the media is missing about the bus shooting story: Bus Monitors

Just about every news story about Thursday’s tragic bus shooting
has mentioned that the school bus in addition to the driver two monitors. The
implication is Duval County is really trying to protect our
kids. The thing is the monitors aren’t there to protect them from shooters
waiting at bus stops or any other outside threat, they are there to protect the
students from each other.
You see we have a violence problem in some of our schools and sure
there are lots of outside influences that contribute to it but I and many others don’t believe the
district isn’t doing all it can to do stem it. In fact we believe they are
exacerbating the problem instead. Things are so bad it’s hard for me to imagine what a child
has to do now days to get sent to an alternative school seeing how much they
can get away with in a regular one. The list of offenses must truly be spectacular.
Kids need consequences for poor behavior and where I am not
advocating cruelty I think a little over correction can be beneficial too. Disrespect
a teacher, that’s not an hour in ISSP, instead that’s three days where you are
required to show up, do all your work and follow all the directions or you get
more days. Kids fighting, a minimum three day suspension which could be reduced
to one day if a parent agrees to shadow the kid for a day. I know if my mom
were required to be with me at school for the day after I acted up, it would
have nipped a lot of future bad behavior in the bud.
By not addressing bad behavior and by not giving
consequences for it, the district is courting a tragedy and it’s really a
wonder this kind of violence hasn’t already happened in one of our schools and
I believe unless we change things up it is just a matter of time before it
does.  

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