Susan - posted on 09/19/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
The school bus driver who drives my 6th grader to school makes my son let the female students get on the bus first even though he is in line first and the female students are not ready to enter the bus. If he enters the bus with his school bag and band instrument he is told to get off and let the female students on first. He is usually the first in line. In fact when the female students see him get in line at the bus stop it is their signal to pack up their gear and get in line.
The same bus driver who drove my son since last year has now decided to teach chivalry lessons and allow female students first access in the morning. It is only in the morning. This is not a school policy, I've checked. This is solely the bus driver's prerogative because she feels she has absolute power over the students and the bus. For instance last year, this bus driver pulled over while four or five students were on the bus to talk to a perfect stranger because she did not like the way this person treated his dog. One of the students was my son.
The bus is scheduled to arrive in front of my home around 4:07 pm (per the school's transportation schedule). It usually arrives between 4:15 and 4:30 pm because the bus driver stops to talk to people and students etc. I complained last year regarding the stranger incident; however, when I complained about the discrimination it has yet to stop.
Yesterday, I could hear her yell at my son to get off the bus from my porch. She then had him sit in the "chicken patty" seat which is reserved for students with bad behavior. While she is driving she lectures my son by pointing out the #4 rule on a chart of rules located at the front of the bus which indicates that a student must cooperate with the bus driver at all times. Today she enforced her "girl's first" rule but did not yell and allowed my son to go to his normal seat.
I feel the school or bus company must have told her not to yell or punish my son but still allows her to discriminate between genders. I'm at my wits end. What is next with this bus driver?