Saturday, October 25, 2008

THROW THE BOOK AT 'EM !!

I saw on the news last night that a group of "unruly teens" caused a bus accident when one of them punched the driver in the face...while he was driving!!

Seems the driver had asked the kids to settle down or he'd have to call the police. They didn't calm down. As he was on the phone calling for the police to take the little jerks off the bus, one of the little punks punched the driver in the face. The driver lost control of the bus and smashed into a traffic signal post. The news showed the entire front of the bus was bowed outward with both front windshields totally smashed out. The front door was broken, half of it actually broken OFF. The future convicts (no doubt) jumped out windows to escape. The cops caught a couple of them. I'm sure they'll happily snitch out their friends...especially tell on the one that actually hit the driver...to save themselves. Even if they don't it's all on tape.

This needs to stop. There could have been babies or toddlers on that bus. ANYONE could have been seriously injured. Pedestrians, other drivers...anyone. I hope they punish these kids to the fullest extent of the law. They should be charged not just with the assault, but also for interfering with public transportation. If punching the driver doesn't qualify for that charge, what does?? Both are felony charges. They should also be required to pay every dime that this stupid act caused to be spent. The repairs to the bus and the traffic signal. The wages of the driver who was hurt, the medical expenses, the wages of the driver who had to take his place. The wages of the police, supervisor, tow truck driver and every other dime that will be spent in court over this. Then they should lock them up for a good long time and let them think about it. When they come out, they should be required to speak to other kids about how stupid it is to do such things. How one dumb act like this, for NO GOOD REASON, could easily have killed someone. Where would they be then? A little anger management counseling wouldn't be a bad idea. Neither would a public apology. I also hope they plaster these kids pictures all over the garages so they aren't allowed on another bus.

If you want to act like an ass and risk other peoples lives, you can walk.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wishyou good luck in the prosecution of these people, My issue still isn,t reslved since Nov. 9 of 2006, good luck

6:25 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

If this is who I think it is...isn't that the hijacking guy? I heard he was let out of jail and left town. I also heard that they screwed something up in court that forced them to release him. If this is the case that involves you, what IS going on with it?

I hope you have gotten some counseling and are feeling more at ease driving the bus. You handled it exceptionally well at the time it happened. I hope you are taking care of yourself, too.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and if this IS that person (same track as Jeanne), it was good to see you when two of us had to move equipment to EM and came up from South a couple weeks ago. You looked good. Been a few years since 5th St Garage in the mornings. Kind of shy in bringing up THAT incident as I didn't want to embarrass, but I was extremely proud of how you handled it at the time and since.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess on the prosecution this time, Jeanne? Sad to say, but I think THIS time we'll see action. The other incident was worse no question.....but THIS time there was something management will notice. One of their pieces of EQUIPMENT was destroyed. A driver getting beat up isn't that big a deal, but a bus getting heavily damaged will require retaliation on their part. Just being realistic, not sarcastic. Ralph

9:28 AM  
Blogger PowerWCRulez said...

Oh boy!, I saw on the news. I was so p*ssed off at the teens, it's totally dumb teens, I bet the transit police would take the teens into the youth prison (Lino Lake Prison) for assualts and vehicle property (which is the vehicle price $350K).

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Yes, this is the person who was hijacked, I,ve recovered very well, there are some days, far andinbetween, probably never geget over that completly, but the support I get from every body keeps me there, if not for all of you, that was my last day, Thank you! don,t ever be afraid to ask, It helps me, please give the driver alot of support, He,s gonna need it, as for the bus. , if thats what it takes to get action from some people, I sure feel sorry for them. Diane

4:48 PM  
Anonymous t.j. :) said...

good wishes to the driver and hope to return soon. Good Luck on finding them all. Dam punks have no respect for anyone. They just think it's fun and games. They should all have to go to a jail and everyone of them have a room mate named bubba and turn them all into little bitches like they are. GO GET THEM RED and kick there a#@. see you next year in albert lea

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tooo Badddddddd

THe Driver DIdn't Put
Them THrew The W@I@NDShield....

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tooo Badddddddd

THe Driver DIdn't Put
Them THrew The W@I@NDShield....

4:11 PM  
Blogger KYLE said...

I am appalled to hear about yet another bus incident involving violence. Is there a standard procedure for the driver to follow when dealing with miscreants? I'm with you Jeanne on getting as much monetary damages from these kids as possible. Send them to the workhouse so they can work off what they've destroyed. I can't believe that someone would assault a driver like that.

To quote Mr. MacAfee: "What's got into these kids today?"

12:16 PM  
Blogger NicOp said...

Hay jeanne, its me the broken hip guy, not to worry about the roadeo. your a great driver and next year is the year. Have you heard anything about the incident on the 2 line . seems as though we've hit a streak of bad luck on the lines. this is the first i've found yur blog. it's great. will look forward to keeping up in it . D.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did see something on the front page of the Minnesota Daily a few days back about the 2. I thought the article was inappropriate myself, and I hope no one here was involved...

Andrew

8:32 PM  
Blogger Martini said...

I've been screwing around with this damn site trying to get it to work for me....let's see if this goes to print! Personally I think Jeanne does a Fantastic job out there and....I think their asses should ALL get thrown in JAIL!

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Red said...

Obama Rules !

Yes We Can ....................

12:27 AM  
Blogger Dale the Truck Driver said...

Why haven't you written lately? I like your style, sarcastic and real.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Red said...

Jeanne,

Tell all of your comrades to vote for our old pal Dorothy Maki for VP!

Yes We Can .......................

11:44 AM  
Blogger Martini said...

I don't know if Dorothy would like to be known as our "OLD" pal.....hee hee.....she's probably not THAT much older than the rest of us "glamour girls!"..yuk yuk

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Red said...

Dorothy made the runoff !

Vote Vote Dorothy Maki for VP

9:23 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

GEEZ! Thanks for all your comments! Good to know that you can entertain yourselves while I'm neglecting you!

NicOp - Great to see you here!! When are you coming back? I hear you want the Roadeo Princesses to bring you by a bottle of Jack or something. Hmmmm...

TJ - Good to see you're still around. I'm looking forward to learning a couple new recipes in Albert Lea. ;)

Diane - I'm very happy to see you are doing well. The worst thing that could happen would have been to let that guy win and you quit your job because of him. Glad you hung in there. I'm also glad you got the support of the other drivers...we are like a family. It's a good feeling.


Kyle - Unfortunately, the stories that make the news are only a VERY small percentage of the actual assaults on bus drivers...or other crimes that actually happen on the bus. Luckily, they caught these little losers and I'm sure they will be prosecuted. Hard to fight it when it's caught on tape!!

Red - I never tell people who to vote for. I feel that is a personal choice and I don't have the right to tell people who they should align with. It all depends on who you are and who the candidate is and which candidate aligns with your position on issues the best. Thanks for your comment, though.

Dale - Sorry to have abandoned you all again! I was on vacation for about a week and a half and when I get busy with my home improvements I slack on everything else. I did get my painting done though and, like the horror movie says...I'm baaaaaaack!

Martini - Maybe it's the booze, not the computer!! Hey, I'm just going by your name! Maybe TJ can make you a virgin martini...hehehehe I doubt it!

Thanks again for all that commented. Glad to see you enjoy my blogs....THANKS!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been a while. Any update on the kids who assaulted the driver?

10:00 PM  
Blogger Jeanne Ree said...

Anon - None that I know of. But there was a pic up at the garage of another loser that they caught who assaulted a bus driver. Hope they bury him under the jail. I'd love to be the prosecutor on that one!!

12:55 PM  

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