I caught the tail end of The View this morning and I have to tell you – it was a skewed view. At first glance, after listening to the panel who for the first time ever was in full agreement no less! (Does that ever happen on The View???)
Barbara Walters asked the ladies, “What about the father in Florida who went on the bus to confront his daughter’s bullies? He was arrested. How do you feel about that one?”
I was not familiar with the incident that happened last week on a Florida school bus. If you missed this story like I did, allow me to fill you in:
James Jones has been arrested on charges stemming from an incident in which he went on his daughter’s school bus to confront her tormentors.
Mr. Jones’ 11 year old special needs daughter (she has cerebral palsy) was being bullied on the school bus with the other kids hitting her, throwing condoms at her, and treating her with absolutely no compassion whatsoever.
She was physically, emotionally, and psychologically abused at the hands of her peers and is under suicide watch in a local hospital. At first glance, you want to stand behind the father, right? Just a minute…
Mr. Jones stormed on the school bus and got in the face of his daughter’s bullies, even using profanity to express his frustration over their complete lack of respect for his daughter as a young lady, albeit one who is suffering with cerebral palsy.
Admittedly, he also threw slurs towards the bus driver to drive the point home.
Back to The View:
Barbara asked, “Is a father who has repeatedly tried to solicit the help of the public school system (without fail) to stop these brutal verbal assaults on his daughter out of bounds for finally taking the matter into his own hands?”
I was agreeing with the panel and thinking that I would do the very same thing. Then, I found the actual video and watched it for myself – without commentary from The View and this is what I decided. You can watch it here.
The bus was filled with many other children who witnessed this man’s tirade. Mr. Jones used profanity and threatened bodily harm to anyone who attacked his daughter while other innocent children were seated on the bus, perhaps many of whom were scared to death themselves.
Does this differentiate Mr. Jones from the bullies who attacked his own daughter? If I were the parent of one of the other children, I would be hard pressed to understand his subjecting my innocent child to the screaming, ranting and threats that a grown man was flinging inside that bus that day.
There is no excuse for bullying. There is no excuse for any child, anywhere to be subject to violence. But, in all honesty, We the Adults have to exhaust all of the avenues available before resorting to this type of behavior ourselves.
Yes, even if it were my child.