2002-09-28 / Letters

Bus Incident Is Scary!

Bus Incident Is Scary!

Dear Editor;

Where the hell is administrative responsibility, and how the hell do you lose a seven-year-old child in a bus error?

If any one of my children at that age were missing for over an hour, I would be a step away from commitment.

Has anyone read the papers over the past summer about these crimes of violence against abducted children?

Please excuse Mrs. Smith, oh Great Fathers- she possibly thought her son was in danger...or worse...! How dare she cry (in the elite P.S. 114Q)? How dare she show emotion - why? Because the school lost her seven-year- old son - that's why!

Mrs. Smith got arrested. Was the principal removed on child endangerment? Was the person in charge of the buses removed on child endangerment?

If there is an investigation going on, wouldn't it make sense to do more than arrest the mother (of the 7 year- old child the school lost for over an hour)?

I wasn't there, so I do not know if anyone was hit. I do not condone violence. Was the principal hospitalized? Was the alleged assault violent enough to leave marks? Could the security guard have interceded or was he unaware that there was a potentially volatile situation brewing from a justifiably hysterical parent?

Did the principal call the police immediately upon hearing that a 7-year-old child was missing, or did she think her own personal (if she perceived herself to be in danger) safety was all that required the authorities?

Think about it. P.S. 114Q had personnel around. Mrs. Smith's lost son should have been the number one priority in that building until he was found.

The people in the district office, from Mr. Bromme down were not there to handle the crisis.

They were handed a mess that never should have happened. All they can do now is play "Cover You A-" to avoid a major lawsuit and negative publicity.

I'm really not interested in "she said - he said." As a parent, all I care about is how the safety of a 7-year old little boy was not insured by that school.

Please - every parent - put yourself in that position. A 7-year old child does not come off the bus - it's your 7-year old. His school knows from nothing - you go to the school and nobody else seems too concerned. It's your child, now parents, are you hysterical? Do you cry - yell - curse? How do you react? Where is your child? It is over an hour - how are you feeling?

Now ask yourselves, how is your child feeling (or did everyone forget that part)? Remember being seven? Not twelve, not ten - seven. How would it feel to be on a bus ride from school to home, and not get there??? Maybe there would be a few scars, not visible, you know the good ones that can cause trust issues, fears of abandonment, insecurities, phobias, the stuff therapists deal with all the time, the stuff that stems from adult stupidity or just plain indifference.

Then picture seeing mommy in handcuffs - what a great thing - it gets better - the police come back to your home (when you finally get there) and put mommy in cuffs again. This, reportedly on the insistence of the principal of P.S. 114Q.

The situation never should have happened - the whole thing was plainly mishandled. It was not about, and never should have been about anyone other than that child.

If I hear one more: "put children first," I'll throw up!!!! It sounds good on television, it looks good in print, but whenever push comes to shove, in the majority of cases involving child welfare - everybody has their own agenda, seldom in the child's best interest.

And.... as a postscript.... if this happened under the Mallone Administration, she'd be in handcuffs with "eye-witnesses" against her.


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