This story has been the talk of Edmonton over the last few days. Thankfully, both sides of this story are now out in the open. The sad fact is, until schools, school districts, and school bus companies view school bus drivers as an extension of the classroom, this will continue to happen. It’s very likely that the bus driver has been putting up with this behavior all year, and he finally reached his tipping point. Without tools for school bus drivers to use in situations like these, and guidelines that empower them to use those tools, bus drivers are caught in an impossible position between driving and caring for/disciplining students at the same time. Here’s hoping there are supports in place for ALL involved; the bus driver must be traumatized, as well as the kids who witnessed this, and suspending the kids who engaged in this unacceptable behavior does nothing to get to the root of the problem with them, either.