The first time I watched the video, I thought to myself there is no way any of my kids would act in such a manner, but on second thought, I'm sure none of the parents of these kids raised them to act like that either.
It all starts with one or two kids, then more join in and the next thing you know, you've got a bunch of kids together, doing the same thing or acting in the same manner. It's that sense of belonging to the group and a need for acceptance from their peers that draws a child to do, say or act out in a way they normally wouldn't. That's not to justify or condone their actions at all, but it does make me want to ask, how much or what kind of punishment is warranted for this type of behavior, especially when it involves a group of people?
I can't imagine the parents of any of these kids, raised them to act the way they did. Now, I hear that this whole thing has had a big affect on the families of these kids that did this. Facebook pages have been shut down as a result of all the attention, not just of the kids directly involved, but their siblings as well. I can't imagine how the parents of these kids must feel or what they must be going through now. Some would blame the parents, but I don't necessarily think the blame should be put on the parents.
I'm not sure what the policy is, but I would think something like this would mean suspending the children from riding the bus and may even go as far as suspending the children from school. This whole thing definitely wouldn't have gotten the attention it has without the media coverage. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. What do you think will happen? What do you think should happen to these kids?
On a sidenote, I'm glad to see that people came together to raise over $400,000 (last I checked) for this woman. Could it possibly be a little too much compensation though? I wonder what she'll do with the money. She'll be able to retire, for sure.