I'm really sorry that poor old lady was harassed by those thuggish children. And I am glad they are being punished, and she is $600,000+ the better thanks to a helpful website.
Now that the pleasantries are out of they way, let's discuss her position, her job functions, and her capacity to fulfill those functions.
Most school districts spend the money to place monitors only on special needs buses. The idea being, obviously, that special needs children require a lot of attention on a plethora of issues, from autism to blindness. You need a monitor because the driver obviously cannot handle these functions. What happens, however, is that districts hire these sweet little old ladies, who are ill-equipped to handle the job.
Why? Because the pay is beyond abysmal, and these are the only folks they can often get. And they don't do it for the money. They do it for the medical benefits, because hubby is often at home stricken with pleurisy or a series of debilitating pin strokes. Sad stuff.
I have no idea if this was a special needs bus, or if that district puts monitors on every bus. I do know what the function of a monitor is: maintain order.
Now let us put our emotions aside, and get at the nut of the matter: this old lady was hired to maintain order on a bus, so that the students did not attack each other, or the driver, or cause an accident. She was woefully ill-equipped to do that. And yet she was drawing a paycheck, and benefits, paid for by the taxpayers of that district. And she was worse than ineffectual: she was a dangerously blubbering idiot herself, and as an object of taunting by the students she was actually diminishing the driver's abilities. Now the driver has to worry about the old lady as well as the students.
Good intentions, gone awry? Perhaps. Or yet another example of rancid public sector make-work. I feel sorry for that old lady. But I don't want to pay for her make-believe job that actually increases the danger on that bus. Society is better off with her scrubbing shit swirls out of the toilets at Sam's Club. Although she won't be scoring any sweet $600,000 windfalls there.
I hate to be brutally honest, but why the fuck was that old hen drawing a paycheck on the taxpayers' dime in the first place? She might be wonderful nurturing a deaf six-year-old, but that's not what she was being paid to do. And the transportation director who placed her on that bus with those hoods should be fired as an incompetent ass, as well.
Here's an experiment: I reckon I could get the young thuggees across the street to slap me around while I'm walking my cat on a leash, and call me Forrest Gump and Slingblade and fag. I would cower dutifully, take my pummeling, then post my video. Some fool will start me a website, make me $600,000, and I will gladly pay the thuggees a grand a pop for their troubles.
That's how the viral world works, apparently. And how the public sector works. It's a piss-poor world, people.
Posted by Velociman at June 29, 2012 7:35 PM