A heartbreaking, horrible video

I could only bring myself to watch half of this video. You may not want to - it is enough to say that this woman there to protect children on the bus is taunted, mocked, and called names by middle-school children while she cries. A bit of my worldview was shifted.

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These children must treat one another this way, and themselves this way in their own heads. This vile, ugly, grotesque behavior reveals something rotted and frightening -- and I'm not completely sure what that is. To be one of these children, to be around these children, to maintain one's humanity surrounded by them... I despair.

Have young people grown so coarse, so unmoored from civility, that this is normal to them? Is this new? How does this happen?

Really, I'm sickened. I feel genuine fear to think of my children exposed to that, inured to it. It's dystopian. It's feral.

I rarely feel this, but, I despair.


  1. This makes me ill, too, Laura. Lately I am often in despair over horrible situations in our world. Cruelty is the worst. The gleeful cruelty of these children breaks my heart.

    I am so glad that my children never rode the bus, except for sporting events with teams and coaches. They never witnessed anything like what is in that video, and I am confident that they never have or will participate in such a thing. I hope that lady takes the money being offered to her and retires and never has to be around those kids again.


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